Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has denied both heavy drinking and assaulting young women while drunk, belonged to a group in high school known for big, beer-soaked parties every week, according to a classmate of his.
Referring to Kavanaugh and his friends, Maryland State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) told The Young Turks, “They were part of that same party culture…Every weekend there was some giant party where copious amounts of beer were consumed.”
Madaleno said he did not witness Kavanaugh’s behavior or attend the parties himself. “I heard about it on Mondays.” Madaleno, like Kavanaugh a 1983 graduate, was a 2018 gubernatorial candidate and said the Kavanaughs live in his district.
Alcohol has been a consistent theme in a string of allegations against Kavanaugh. On Wednesday, a federal employee named Julie Swetnick accused Kavanaugh and his friends of spiking girls’ alcohol to facilitate raping them at high-school parties. Swetnick said she was among their victims. Previous accusations against Kavanaugh include attempted rape and exposing himself. Kavanaugh has denied ever committing any sexual misconduct.
Asked during his Senate testimony whether he ever got into trouble in high school, Kavanaugh demurred and never provided a responsive answer. Three of the classmates who signed a letter attesting to Kavanaugh’s character also subscribed to Kavanaugh’s saying that, “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.”
In an interview with Fox News, Kavanaugh denied heavy drinking during his school years. Since then, numerous alumni from Georgetown Prep and Yale have come forward to challenge his account. (In Kavanaugh’s prepared testimony for Thursday’s hearing, he admits, “Sometimes I had too many.”)
Madaleno said violence and other forms of bullying were not excessive at Georgetown Prep when he attended. Like Kavanaugh, Madaleno graduated in 1983.
As TYT previously reported, a 1991 lawsuit claimed that well-known hazing at the school involved holding a victim down while another student exposed his bare buttocks near the student’s face.
A 1973 graduate, Baltimore architect Donal Fagan, told TYT that the practice dated back at least as early as 1970. Fagan said it happened to him when he was a freshman, but said it did not involve violence or alcohol and was more of “a prank” at the time.
Fagan described to TYT how sophomore students tried to pull the prank on him. “They said, ‘We want to show you something,’ or something like that. ‘We want you to lie down and we’re going to hypnotize you.’ And I said, ‘Really?’ And so you laid down and they gave you this big routine about ‘Close your eyes and we’re going to put a big weight on you.’”
He said, “Then the idea was, ‘See if you can sit up, because all this weight is on you.’ What you’re supposed to do is sit up and then find your nose in some guy’s hairy ass. And I opened my eyes because I guess that’s just the way I am: Not trusting. And they all went, ‘Aw,’ you know, because I didn’t fall for it. I do know that a couple other guys did fall for it.”
Fagan added, “They tried it on my roommate and they were a little more successful because he went in and washed his face.”
Fagan said he believes the incident was not isolated and did not originate with the boys who did it to him. He said he heard about other occurrences and that, “I didn’t think these guys were smart enough to come up with it themselves.”
Addressing the 1991 lawsuit claiming that the victim was held down, Fagan said, “This is the kind of thing that’s handed down…Maybe they changed over time to try to do it differently.”
Madaleno said he was not aware of the practice, or any other form of hazing, during his time at Georgetown Prep, but added that he might not have known if it had been unique to the football team or some other clique
That said, Madaleno characterized Kavanaugh’s close friend, Mark Judge, as “the biggest asshole.” Madaleno said he did not think it fair to disqualify Kavanaugh from the court due to Judge’s behavior, but said, “I have always had a visceral dislike to [Judge] for the way he treated others.”
“We had our Slytherins,” Fagan said, referring to the fictional houses at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. “But we also had Hufflepuffs.”
Madaleno, too, described the school as having separate cultures. Kavanaugh and others on the football team operated in a different world than the debate team to which Madaleno belonged, he said.
“Did [Georgetown Prep] have a huge party culture?” Madaleno said. “Absolutely…Were we all privileged by going there? Incredibly. The school sits in the middle of a golf course. It’s hard to get more privileged. But that being said, they really did push you to think about your obligations to others. And that’s what is fundamentally so disappointing about Brett Kavanaugh.”
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