Brett Kavanaugh’s Classmate Detailed Drunken Behavior In Memoirs

By Maggie Ethridge 09/20/18

Kavanaugh's prep school classmate's 1997 memoir features a drunken character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh.”

 Protesters took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is still under review, as the court looks into accusations of sexual assault brought against Kavanaugh by a former classmate, Christine Blasey Ford.

Details from the memoirs of Kavanaugh’s old high school friend, Mark Judge, may give important context.

Ford has come forward to assert that in the early '80s at a high school party, a drunken Kavanaugh allegedly pushed her down in a bedroom, covered her mouth and attempted to pull her clothing off. Another drunken young man, Judge, "piled on" the two and knocked them over, allowing Ford to run and hide in a bathroom.

Ford’s accusation was backed by notes from her therapist in 2012 and 2013 when Ford discussed a sexual assault she endured in high school by an elitist prep, as well as a chilling detailed account recalled by a friend of Ford’s.

Judge has denied that he saw a sexual assault take place and that in addition, aggressive sexual behavior—as Ford described—was out of character for the young men attending Georgetown Prep at the time.

However, Judge’s own past writings illuminate a sex-driven, misogynistic and drunken culture at the school.

Judge has written two memoirs, both of which depicted Georgetown Prep as a sexually aggressive environment where students abused alcohol regularly and attended “masturbation class,” according to the Independent.

In his 2005 memoir, God and Man at Georgetown Prep, Judge wrote about his senior year, when he co-published the school’s underground student newspaper with a focus on the school’s intense party scene.

One issue co-published by Judge pictured a Georgetown music teacher at a bachelor party “chugging a beer, surrounded by a group of us with raised mugs, sitting down while being entertained by the stripper.”

Judge’s memoir Wasted even has a drunken, vomiting character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh.” Judge is now a self-claimed conservative moralist who has written that there is no excuse for rape.

He has also written that “social justice warriors” confuse rape with innocent demonstrations of masculinity. He continued that there is “an ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her.”

Judge concluded, “If that man is any kind of man, he’ll allow himself to feel the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion.”

This thought was linked to a scene from the 1981 film Body Heat—the same time period that Ford alleges she was attacked by Kavanaugh—in which a man shatters a large glass window and then violently throws the woman on a table, where they have sex.

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.