New details of the brawl involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his college days have come to surface. Their defense does not focus on the truthfulness issue, but instead on the legitimacy of bar-fighting, which they apparently see as a cherished way of life now under threat by the liberal elite.
The incident happened in 1985 when Kavanaugh, an undergrad at Yale at the time, mistook a 21-year-old man at a local bar for Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40 (who had performed in the area that night), and allegedly threw ice and a beer at him, causing injury.
As Kavanaugh's Senate testimony continues to generate questions about his credibility, a number of reports and statements from people who knew him earlier in life suggest that he lied about or downplayed his drinking habits from his youth.
"She is not a news reporter", said Times' spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.
In the report, Dudley denied throwing a Collins glass at a patron, identified as Dom Cozzolino. Dudley also did not respond to the Times, and Cozzolino declined to comment to the newspaper. Chris Dudley, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate at Yale, was arrested, Hartman said, but it is unclear from the police report - which is handwritten and preserved on microfiche - whether charges were ever filed.
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The report is the latest indication that Kavanaugh drank to excess in his youth and, apparently, became belligerent. Dudley stressed that while he and Kavanaugh drank together in college, he never saw Kavanaugh black out.
Murphy said that "the story is straightforward and fact-based and we fully stand behind it".
"The person sometimes being described in the press is not the Brett Kavanaugh that I have known as a good friend for 35 years", Dudley's statement read. "She is not a newsroom reporter", the spokesperson for The Times said.
"Without making it sound less important, this is a college town - things haven't changed in that we deal with these types of incidents on a daily basis", Hartman said.