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Police Questioned Kavanaugh After College Bar Fight In 1985: NY Times

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Police Questioned Kavanaugh After College Bar Fight In 1985: NY Times




Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by police in 1985 after he was accused of throwing ice at a 21-year-old victim during a college bar fight, according to a police report obtained by The New York Times on Monday.

Kavanaugh, then 21 years old, was questioned by New Haven Police along with four other men after an early morning altercation at Demery’s bar in September 1985.

Kavanaugh did not want “to say if he threw the ice or not” when speaking with officers, according to the police report.

A witness told police that Chris Dudley, one of Kavanaugh’s friends, also hit the man in the ear with a glass. Dudley denied the accusation.




Police noted that the victim, Dom Cozzolino, “was bleeding from the right ear” and was later treated at a local hospital.

Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, told The Times on Sunday that Kavanaugh had mischaracterized his alcohol consumption during his testimony.

Ludington said he saw Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption” multiple times, describing him as a “belligerent and aggressive” drunk.




“It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges,” Ludington said in a statement, according to the Times.

The Times noted that bar fight appears to have been alluded to by Ludington in a recent interview.


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