Tuesday, December 3, 2019

the last book I ever read (The Education of Brett Kavanaugh by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, excerpt nine)

from The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly:

On September 24, shortly after the Fox interview, The New York Times reported that Kavanaugh and his close high school friends, including Mark Judge, had bragged at Georgetown Prep about their sexual interactions with Renate Schroeder—a student at the nearby girls’ school Stone Ridge who was a year younger—and memorialized their assertions with a club dubbed “Renate Alumnius” in their yearbook.

The boasts about fooling around or having sex with Schroeder, which were made around the fields and hallways of Prep—and in a ditty about her that was published in an inexplicit form on Kavanaugh’s friend Michael Walsh’s yearbook page—were frequent and offensive during the early 1980s. All in all, Kavanaugh and thirteen other boys had Renate references on their personal yearbook pages. A group photo of the future judge and some of his closest friends in their football gear was captioned “Renate Alumni,” which, in that context, suggested they had all been physically involved with her.

Through his attorney Alex Walsh, Kavanaugh denied having boasted about such sexual conquests. But Renate herself, now a Connecticut wife and mother with the married name Dolphin, called out the “insinuation” as “horrible, hurtful, and simply untrue.” Although she had been friends with Kavanaugh and other members of his circle at the time, she had not known of the sexual references implied by the yearbook or the song that belittled her. She and her friends from that era said she had never had sex with any of the Prep boys.

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