Ronan Farrow: It's 'Not Accurate' for Brett Kavanaugh to Claim All People Who Knew Him 'Dispute' Sexual Misconduct Claim

Reporter Ronan Farrow pushed back Monday on Brett Kavanaugh's denial of a second woman's claim of sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee when he was a college freshman, stating it was incorrect for Kavanaugh to say people who knew him at the time had fully disputed the allegation.

Farrow, along with Jane Mayer, reported for The New Yorker on Sunday about the accusation made by Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as Kavanaugh and said he had "exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away."

Kavanaugh responded to the report by calling it part of a smear campaign against him.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple," he said in a statement to The New Yorker.

But Farrow said Kavanaugh was wrong and cited an unnamed roommate who backed up Kavanaugh's alleged heavy drinking.

"It is not accurate to say those who knew him at the time dispute this," Farrow told ABC's Good Morning America. "We talked to a roommate from the time that was living with him when this alleged incident took place who said he was frequently drunk, that he took part in activity that made him unsurprised by this claim and that he found this woman credible."

Farrow, who has reported several stories involving powerful men allegedly sexually harassing or assaulting women, explained how his latest story would not have run if The New Yorker did not think Ramirez was "credible."

"We wouldn't have run this if we didn't have a careful basis of people who had heard at the time and found her credible," Farrow said.

The reporter added: "I think the fact that she took several days to consider and really carefully make sure that she had an evidentiary basis for this, and other people were backing her account who had heard at the time and been told, speaks well of her level of caution. This is not the behavior of someone who is fabricating something."

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Defenders of Kavanaugh have focused on one key point in Farrow and Mayer's report, specifically that Ramirez had carefully assessed her "memories" after "six days" and then "felt confident" it was Kavanaugh who had allegedly exposed himself to her.

Ramirez was the second woman to publicly come forward and accuse Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor, first said last week that Kavanaugh had drunkenly assaulted her by cornering her in a room, groping her over her clothes, trying to take off her bathing suit and placing his hand over her mouth to silence screams while they were at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh has similarly denied Ford's accusation, and both are expected to appear for a hearing on Thursday.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on September 4 in Washington, D.C. Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla