RI man apologizes for claiming Kavanaugh sexually assaulted woman on boat in Newport


    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, after more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    A Rhode Island man who claimed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman aboard a boat in Rhode Island more than 30 years ago apologized Wednesday, saying he “made a mistake.”

    A 45-page transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee notes that a man called Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's office Monday and said his "close acquaintancewas sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark” during the summer of 1985.

    The man said that he and another unidentified man later "physically confronted the two men, leaving them with significant injuries,” according to the transcript.

    He said he decided to contact Whitehouse's office because he “realized that one of the men was Brett Kavanaugh when he saw Kavanaugh’s high school year book photo on television” during the weekend.

    While the man’s name was redacted from the transcript, reporters from Heavy.com later identified him as “Jeffrey Catalan” through social media posts.

    “Everyone who is going crazy about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake,” a Twitter account using the name Jeffrey Catalan noted after the claim was made public Wednesday.

    During a separate call with investigators, Kavanaugh denied ever being on a boat in Newport.

    “I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport.” Kavanaugh noted in the transcript. "This is just completely made up, or at least not me," he said. "I don't know what they're referring to."

    The second new claim involves an anonymous letter recently sent to Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado. The writer noted that her daughter occasionally socialized with Kavanaugh in 1998. At the time, according to the writer, Kavanaugh was dating her daughter's friend.

    The writer noted that her daughter was at a bar in Washington, D.C. with three people, including Kavanaugh and her friend. She said “they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend against the wall very aggressively and sexually. There were at least four witnesses, including my daughter. Her friend (still traumatized) called my daughter yesterday (Sept 21, 2018) wondering what to do about it. They decided to remain anonymous.”

    Kavanaugh also denied those allegations.

    “We're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend,” he told investigators.” It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone. And no, I've never done anything like that.”

    Meanwhile, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who is the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, is set to testify at Senate committee Thursday. She claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when they were teenagers.

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