"What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone," Brett Kavanaugh told Fox News in an interview Monday. The Supreme Court nominee, appearing with his wife, Ashley, repeatedly denied allegations of misconduct and insisted that he had always treated women with "dignity and respect." Asked by interviewer Martha MacCallum why he was speaking out before Thursday's hearing on the allegations, Kavanaugh said he was looking for a "fair process" in which he could defend his integrity. He repeated the words "fair process" 17 times during the interview, the Washington Post notes. Kavanaugh told MacCallum that he "may have met" accuser Christine Blasey Ford at some point, but he "was never at" the party where she says he assaulted her.
Kavanaugh also denied a claim of sexual misconduct from Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, and said accusations from attorney Michael Avenatti that he targeted other women were "false and outrageous." Kavanaugh stressed that he was a virgin during the years in question, though Ford and Ramirez have not accused him of rape. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter," he said. Ashley Kavanaugh told MacCallum that the last couple of weeks had been "incredibly difficult," but "at the end of the day, our faith is strong and we know that we're on the right path." (Kavanaugh said earlier Monday that he will not withdraw from consideration because of "smears.")