US President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has come under more pressure to withdraw as a third woman is going to accuse him of sexual assault.
Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormey Daniels in a controversial affair case against Trump, announced Monday that he was going to reveal the new accuser as his client in 48 hours.
“We're going to make a public disclosure within the next 48 hours of detailed allegations, as well as the identity of at least one of my clients relating to what she witnessed and experienced concerning Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, and ultimately we're going to let the American public decide who's telling the truth," Avenatti told CNN.
Kavanaugh and Judge, his close friend, stand accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford during a violent encounter at a drunken party back in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh is also facing similar accusations from Deborah Ramirez, who charges the top judge once exposed himself to her at a drunken dormitory party and forced her to touch his genitals in the 1983-84 academic school year, when he was a freshman at Yale University.
He has firmly denied claims by both Ford and Ramirez, expressing his readiness to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to save his reputation. Ramirez came forward when a number of witnesses cited by Ford refuted her claims.
Avenatti told reporters that the third woman had multiple security clearances and was going to “literally risk her life” by coming forward.
He also said that his new client was “100 percent credible,’’ saying she had multiple witnesses to support her story.
Avenatti even said the unnamed accuser would be willing to take a polygraph if Kavanaugh agrees to do so as well.
Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate panel on Thursday.
In interview with Fox News, Kavanaugh vehemently denied Avenatti’s allegations and said he had no plans to withdraw his nomination.
“The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh said.
“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record," he added.
Trump and the rest of Republican Party have rejected the allegations, accusing Democrats of organizing a smear campaign against Kavanaugh.