Kavanaugh Defender Hadn't Seen 'Hurtful' Yearbook Mention

'I pray their daughters are never treated this way,' says woman who signed letter supporting nominee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2018 7:37 AM CDT
Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a Fox News interview, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Renate Schroeder Dolphin was among dozens of women who signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Brett Kavanaugh had always treated women with respect. But that was before she saw his yearbook. Among references to football and drinking, the future Supreme Court nominee's page boasts that he is a "Renate Alumnus," a phrase that also appears below a group of nine football players including Kavanaugh, and the pages of multiple other individuals, the New York Times reports. She was a student at a nearby girls' school while he was at Georgetown Prep. Classmate Sean Hagan says it was part of a culture of boasting about alleged sexual conquests and Kavanaugh and his teammates "were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate."

Dolphin says she only learned about the pages a few days ago. "I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful, and simply untrue," she tells the Times. "I pray their daughters are never treated this way." A lawyer for Kavanaugh says they were friends who once attended an event together and "shared a brief kiss good night." Dolphin, however, says she thinks "Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him." (In a Fox interview Monday, Kavanaugh denied allegations of sexual misconduct and said he had remained a virgin until "many years after" high school.)

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