NYT apologizes after describing fresh allegations against Brett Kavanaugh as ‘harmless fun’

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The New York Times has been forced to apologize following a tweet that described allegations Brett Kavanaugh thrust his penis in a girl’s face at college as ‘harmless fun’. 

A New York Times article published Saturday details a fresh account by Yale classmate Max Stier who says he saw Kavanaugh, who was a freshman, at a party with his pants down.

Stier alleged he saw friends of Kavanaugh push his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken party in the 1980s. 

Accuser Deborah Ramirez claimed in September last year that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her and thrust it in her face at a dorm party, forcing her touch it while they were both students at Yale. 

The newspaper’s opinion Twitter page tweeted Saturday: ‘Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed she did not belong at Yale in the first place.’

Minutes after that first tweet was posted, the paper issued a retraction, writing: ‘We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly phrased.’ 

They later deleted that post following further criticism, adding: ‘We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize.’ 

The New York Times initially called their tweet 'poorly phrased' minutes after it was posted

The New York Times initially called their tweet ‘poorly phrased’ minutes after it was posted 

They followed up with a second tweet calling their original post 'offensive'

They followed up with a second tweet calling their original post ‘offensive’ 

But the tweet had already sparked widespread anger and condemnation. 

One Twitter user wrote: ‘This is…. Such a profound lapse in judgment and common sense. Sexual assault isn’t harmless fun. What the hell is going on at the NYT?’

Another said: ‘NYT is now apologizing for their tweet and saying it was “offensive.”

‘But I’m having a really hard time understanding how any decent human being could write a sentence like: “Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like HARMLESS FUN.”’   

Others suggested Kavanaugh himself had written the tweet, writing: ‘Yo, NYT, did Brett Kavanaugh write this tweet?’

The now deleted New York Times tweet sparked widespread anger and condemnation

The now deleted New York Times tweet sparked widespread anger and condemnation

President Donald Trump called the allegations against Kavanaugh 'lies' in tweets Sunday

President Donald Trump called the allegations against Kavanaugh ‘lies’ in tweets Sunday 

President Donald Trump waded into the issue Sunday morning, calling the allegations against Kavanaugh ‘lies’ and claiming the ‘LameStream Media want to scare him into turning Liberal’. 

He wrote: ‘Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!

‘Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for liable, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!’ 

One of Brett Kavanaugh's male classmates at Yale alleged he saw friends of the Supreme Court Justice push his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken party in the 1980s. He is pictured in September 2018  testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

One of Brett Kavanaugh’s male classmates at Yale alleged he saw friends of the Supreme Court Justice push his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken party in the 1980s. He is pictured in September 2018  testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Ford had claimed 17-year-old Kavanaugh held her down on a bed at a party when she was 15 and tried to remove her clothing, putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming

Brett Kavanaugh, who was ultimately confirmed by the committee on October 6 last year, is pictured in his yearbook photo

Brett Kavanaugh is seen with his parents at his Yale commencement

Brett Kavanaugh is seen with his parents at his Yale commencement

It’s the second time in a week that the The New York Times faced backlash over one of their tweets after they described airplanes taking aim at the Twin Towers on 9/11 and not terrorists.

That tweet was posted on the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, injured thousands and later led to the deaths of many more due to related illnesses.

The post partially read ‘airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,’ according to a screenshot from political activist Dinesh D’Souza.

It was not clear how long the post remained online but it was deleted and reedited, with a new version was put online. 

Friends allegedly pushed Kavanaugh’s penis in to a female student’s hand at the dorm party. Stier told senators and the FBI about this, but the bureau did not investigate, according to the NYT. 

Stier runs a non-profit in Washington and has declined to discuss the story publicly, however the outlet did corroborate the story with officials who spoke with Stier.

Kavanaugh declined to talk to the NYT about Stier’s allegation, however he has denied all his accusers’ allegations in the past.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Supreme Court Justice and Stier for comment. 

The claim is similar to the allegation made by accuser Deborah Ramirez, who unlike Christine Blasey Ford, was not asked to testify at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

She was, however, interviewed by the FBI.  

Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her and thrust it in her face at a dorm party, forcing her touch it while they were both students at Yale. 

The new allegation of unwanted sexual contact revealed Saturday was detailed in a lengthy NYT article about Ramirez which adds weight to her allegation.

Reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly wrote: ‘During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been ‘the talk of campus.’ Our reporting suggests that it was.’

Deborah Ramirez in a Yale yearbook photo

Deborah Ramirez

The claim is similar to the allegation made by accuser Deborah Ramirez (left in her Yale yearbook photo and right), who unlike Christine Blasey Ford, was not asked to testify at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings

Christine Blasey Ford claimed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her in high school

Christine Blasey Ford claimed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her in high school

Ford, a 52-year-old research psychologist and professor, drew national attention last year after she came forward with sexual assault allegations following Trump’s appointment of Kavanaugh. 

Ford had claimed 17-year-old Kavanaugh held her down on a bed at high school party when she was 15 and tried to remove her clothing, putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.  

Her emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last September became a milestone for the #MeToo movement. 

It turned Kavanaugh’s confirmation into the most controversial since Clarence Thomas in 1991, who was accused of sexual harassment as well. 

Kavanaugh broke down in tears during his testimony and claimed that the allegations against him by Ford and other women were politically motivated. 

Julie Swetnick was the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. 

Swetnick initially claimed that Kavanaugh attended a party where a train of men assaulted her. 

Julie Swetnick was the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Julie Swetnick was the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

She claimed he was part of a group that surreptitiously spiked ‘punch’ at parties to ’cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be gang raped’ like she was.

She later walked back the claims, admitting that she cannot say for certain that Kavanaugh was part of, aware of or even witnessed the alleged sexual misconduct. 

She downgraded her claim about the punch bowl, as well. She says she saw him by the containers but doesn’t know if he tampered with them.

He was ultimately confirmed by the committee on October 6 last year. 



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