Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by the New Haven Police Department when he was a junior at Yale University, following a contentious incident at a local bar where Kavanaugh was blamed for throwing ice on another man.
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A police report of the incident, which occurred in September 1985, was obtained by the New York Times and claims that Kavanaugh threw ice on a man “for an unknown reason.” When questioned by police later, Kavanaugh did not want “to say if he threw the ice or not.”
The report also details that Chris Dudley, a friend of Kavanaugh’s who also was a Yale basketball player, struck the man on the ear with a glass and was subsequently treated at a local hospital.
The incident was first mentioned in a statement from Charles "Chad" Ludington, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale who drank with him regularly. “On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail,” Ludington said in a statement Sunday.
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The report does not list any arrests, and it appears that no charges were filed.
According to Ludington, the incident occurred after a UB40 concert where Kavanaugh and several others were drinking at a bar called Demery’s. The group, according to Ludington, noticed a man who looked like UB40’s lead singer.
The man, Dom Cozzolino, saw that the group was staring at him and confronted the group, Ludington told the New York Times. Kavanaugh then “threw his beer at the guy.”
“The guy swung at Brett,” Ludington said, noting that then Dudley “took his beer and smashed it into the head of the guy, who by now had Brett in an embrace. I then tried to pull Chris back, and a bunch of other guys tried to pull the other guy back. I don’t know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and the police showed up.”
Kavanaugh’s drinking habits have come under scrutiny as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegations and told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that he never drank to the point where he blacked out, but did profess a penchant for beer.
The FBI is conducting a supplemental background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, and the Senate is waiting to vote to confirm him until the FBI’s investigation concludes in the next week.
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