Conservative U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has broken his silence on why he turned his back on the father of a dead teen shooting victim during a break at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
In a press conference shortly after the hearing had adjourned for the day, Kavanaugh told reporters he thought Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland teen Jamie Guttenberg, was a former gay acquaintance from college with whom he had a destructive and traumatic history.
Kavanaugh was seen momentarily gazing upon before ultimately walking away from Guttenberg, who had extended his hand toward the circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Photos of the encounter went viral on the Internet almost immediately, leading the White House to go on the defense and issue statements defending the nominee.
“In all honesty, I thought he was this gay guy that used to have a crush on me back in college. He stalked me and followed me everywhere and drove me crazy. When I saw him at the hearing today, I just froze and remembered all of the bad memories,” Kavanaugh said.
The judge said for a moment he felt like the quintessential deer in the headlights, and “didn’t know what to do.”
“All I could remember standing there in those few moments is Devin standing in my shower buck naked and wearing my dirty underwear on his head like a hat,” said Kavanaugh. “I just froze, and knew I had to get out of there.”
Kavanaugh denied suggestions he did not want to engage Guttenberg in any meaningful interaction whatsoever because of his liberal anti-gun views. The National Rifle Association is strongly lobbying for the confirmation of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I didn’t even know it was him. I wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying, to be honest,” said Kavanaugh. “All I saw was my gay stalker with my underwear on his head.”
When asked if he would like to meet Guttenberg to personally apologize for his behavior, Kavanaugh demurred and said that it would probably be best not to.
Prominent advocates of the #MeToo movement led by Rose McGowan voiced their support for Kavanaugh, saying the trauma of sexual harassment never really goes away.
“Judge Kavanaugh was brave enough to come forward with a traumatic incident from his past, something that a great many of us know far too well. We stand with you, Judge K,” said McGowan on Twitter.