A documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night featured never-before-seen testimony about alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to several reports.
Entitled “Justice,” the project was to exist under secrecy before it started surprisingly, Rolling Stone reported. This is the first non-fiction film for director Doug Liman, called “The Bourne Identity” in 2002, and highlights some of the allegations against Kavanaugh and the shortcomings of the FBI investigation.
Kavanaugh’s highly contentious 2018 confirmation hearings stood out for the raw and emotional testimony given by Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh violently attacked her at a drunken party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
After angrily denying the accusation at public hearings, it was narrowly confirmed as the role of a lifetime.
Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, also came forward with accusations against the judge, although she did not testify. She told the New Yorker in 2018 that Kavanaugh drunkenly exposed his penis to her in a college dorm room. He alleged that he crossed towards her, and she swatted him away, inadvertently touching him. At least seven people heard about the incident before Kavanaugh’s elevation to federal judgeship, the New York Times later reported.
While making “Justice,” Liman found an audio recording made by a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh and Ramirez, Max Stier, several outlets reported.
Stier now serves as CEO and president of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that works to promote good government.
Although The New York Times reported the accusation on the tape in 2019, the recording itself has not been made public.
Stier said that he lived in the same Yale dormitory as Kavanaugh, that he saw a drunken Kavanaugh exposing his penis to another young woman. Then, his friends allegedly pushed the penis into his hand. The woman, who was a freshman at the time, passed out drinking that night and does not want her name published, filmmakers said in a question-and-answer session after the premiere.
Stier’s account seems to have helped Ramirez fill in the gaps in his own story.
Although he did not see what happened to her, Stier says on the tape he heard about it, The Daily Beast reported. He heard Kavanaugh allegedly went to a bathroom after pressuring Ramirez to face his penis, where friends encouraged him to stand up. After that, he allegedly returned to harass Ramirez again.
Ramirez is interviewed in the film along with Ford’s friends; Liman said in the Q&A that he did not interview Ford herself because she already had so much experience. Likewise, Stier declined to be interviewed, as did Kavanaugh, Rolling Stone reported.
“I hope this provokes anger,” producer Amy Herdy said in the Q&A, reported by The Guardian.
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