‘Justice,’ Surprise Sundance Doc on Brett Kavanaugh Reveals New Allegations Against Supreme Court Judge

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‘Justice,’ Surprise Sundance Doc on Brett Kavanaugh Reveals New Allegations Against Supreme Court Judge


A stunning documentary released Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival reveals new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and whether the FBI has actually investigated his actions. It raised a disturbing question about what was going on.

The most poignant footage in the documentary by director Doug Lyman and producer Amy Hardy was about Kavanaugh’s classmates at Yale. Deborah Ramirez has for the first time detailed her story of being sexually harassed by Kavanaugh in front of her friends at a drunken college party in the 1980s.

Ramirez previously claimed in a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer that Kavanaugh humiliated her by pressing his penis against her face in front of a group of friends at a party. I deny it. Ramirez was never asked to testify by the Senate Judiciary Committee that endorsed Kavanaugh.

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However, the documentary makes a compelling claim that many of her Yale classmates tried to cover up the incident months before it was published in The New Yorker.

Ramirez was clearly traumatized by the events she remembers. Her humiliation of Kavanaugh’s entertainment sounds eerily similar to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee She left the room and fled but never forgot the attack.

The film also reveals conclusive evidence. Kavanaugh’s sweetmate at Yale, Max Steer, left a phone call with the FBI that was shown in the documentary. Laughing, he pulls down his pants and lets a female freshman grasp his penis.

The woman’s name was redacted and the film said she chose not to come forward.

Liman’s first documentary, the film elicited both cheers and groans at various points during its premiere. Liman recognized that the current polarized political climate may not change the minds of those with strong stereotypes about Kavanaugh’s appointment.

“Perhaps truth mattered and still does, and 100 years from now there will be movies.

Hardy said he disagreed. “I hope this provokes anger, action, and a real investigation through the power of subpoenas,” she said.

But clearly this is risky and sensitive material. The filmmakers kept the entire documentary under wraps until the day before its screening and required all participants to sign a confidentiality agreement.

“Some of the materials we found are machines that are put in place when people dare to speak up,” Liman said. “We knew the machine would turn its back on this movie.”

Meanwhile, the film shows that the FBI, who was ordered to investigate Kavanaugh for a week while the Senate awaits a vote, is in fact against 4,500 leads that have entered field offices and intelligence lines. It’s shockingly clear that nothing was done. Instead, these tips were passed on to the White House.

As Herdy said at the premiere, “These hints went to the White House or the trash.”

The documentary is for sale, but Liman said work on it will continue as new hints continue to come in after the film’s release.

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