Kavanaugh 'a virgin' at time of alleged sexual assaults
Controversial US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has claimed he was a virgin during high school and for "many years" afterwards as he denied allegations of sexual assault in a TV interview.
Mr Kavanaugh, a conservative backed by US President Donald Trump to fill the vacant seat in the Supreme Court, spoke to Fox News about the claims dogging his nomination.
Former high school peer Christine Blaysey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual and physical assault at a party during their high school years.
Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has since alleged Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party they attended while both at Yale.
Mr Kavanaugh has denied both claims and refused to withdraw from the Supreme Court nomination process.
In the Fox News interview, he claimed that for all the years in question, he had been a virgin.
"I did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse, in high school or for many years thereafter," he said.
"We're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend... my integrity, my life-long record... of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old."
Mr Kavanuagh and Ms Ford are set to face questions about the alleged high school incident at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Mr Kavanaugh said Mr Trump had called him to tell him he was sticking by him.
"The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!" Mr Trump tweeted.
Mr Kavanaugh's nomination has spiralled into an increasingly partisan and public affair.
The unfolding of events surrounding the nomination continue to be unusual – including the extraordinary move of a Supreme Court nominee holding a televised interview.
Mr Kavanaugh added that he's not "going to let false accusations" force him to drop out.