Published July 11, 2018
NEW YORK — Today, on the heels of President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, national women’s group UltraViolet is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the nominee’s knowledge of the sexual harassment by former Federal Judge Alex Kozinski, who Kavanaugh clerked for, and if he should have reported it. Kozinski retired after a probe was launched following over a dozen accusations of workplace sexual harassment from former law clerks, junior staffers, and other colleagues. The women say Kozinski unexpectedly showing them sexual images when they were alone in his chamber, made inappropriate sexual remarks, forcibly kissed them, and invited them to have sex with him.
“The Senate has an obligation to thoroughly vet any Supreme Court justice, and with Trump’s pick Brett Kavanaugh, that should include the time he spent working for serial sexual predator, Judge Kozinski,” explained Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer at UltraViolet. “Judge Kozinski’s office had a long history of being a toxic and dangerous environment for women. The American public deserves to know whatKavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it. Sexual harassment and assault is not only extremely harmful and pervasive—it’s against the law. The Senate must not back down from its responsibility and fully investigate this matter.”