Former frat boy and current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh apparently likes him some “Red Red Wine.” Back in college, Trump‘s nom went to a UB40 show, then tried to pick a fight with someone he thought was the lead singer.
That’s right, the same UB40 who turned a little-known Neil Diamond song into a reggae-tinged radio hit in the 1980s. The Yale-attending Kavanaugh was questioned by police after the bar fight in 1985, as reported by The New York Times.
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And, in case you’ve been living under a rock lately, Kavanaugh’s in hot water over accusations that he sexually assaulted a fellow high school student when he was 17. The allegation was made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, who brought intense public scrutiny to the matter in her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. She claims Kavanaugh assaulted her when she was 15.
But the nominee denied those claims, asserting under oath that he wasn’t a big drinker in his youth, per Vox. This, despite heavy evidence to the contrary, as the Times dug up the presumably drunken altercation that occurred on September 25, 1985, outside of a club called Demery’s. Kavanaugh and a classmate, Chad Ludington, misidentified a bar patron as UB40’s then-frontman Ali Campbell. From The New York Times:
When the man noticed Mr. Ludington, Mr. Kavanaugh and the others looking at him, he objected and told them to stop it, adding an expletive, Mr. Ludington said.
Mr. Kavanaugh cursed, he said, and then “threw his beer at the guy.”
“The guy swung at Brett,” Mr. Ludington continued. At that point, Mr. Dudley “took his beer and smashed it into the head of the guy, who by now had Brett in an embrace. I then tried to pull Chris back, and a bunch of other guys tried to pull the other guy back. I don’t know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and the police showed up.”
The victim, Dom Cozzolino, was “bleeding from the right ear” and taken to a hospital, as told in a police report obtained by the Times. (However, the report doesn’t say if any arrests or charges were made.) And while Kavanaugh keeps toeing the line that he never partied that much in college, the information spewing forth seems to indicate otherwise. And it seems like more than just one thing makes him forget.