2nd woman claims sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, New Yorker reports

WASHINGTON —  Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his teenage years, the The New Yorker magazine reports.

In a story posted Sunday night on its website, The New Yorker reports that the claim dates to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's freshman year at Yale University.

The New Yorker identifies the woman as 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez. The magazine says she described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine.

The magazine says Ramirez remembers that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

Kavanaugh is denying a second allegation of sexual misconduct, saying the event "did not happen" and that the allegation is "a smear, plain and simple."

A White House spokeswoman adds in a second statement that the allegation is "designed to tear down a good man."

President Donald Trump has said the allegations against Kavanaugh are "totally political," and that 'I am with him all the way."

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, said he is representing a woman with "credible information" regarding Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Following the published report on the New Yorker, Avenatti added that Ramirez was not his client.

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