A female supporter of Supreme Judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who had signed a letter taking his side when he was accused of sexual assault, said revelations from his high school yearbook that showed he and his friends allegedly boasted about their supposed conquests with her were “hurtful.”
Renate Schroeder Dolphin was one of the 64 women who said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh’s behavior during their high school years was honorable and he “treated women with respect.”
Yet, the woman was mentioned in Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook over 14 times. One of those mentions is in a group photo of nine football players, including Judge Kavanaugh, as part of their unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests, The New York Times reports.
“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said Sean Hagan, a Georgetown Prep student at the time, referring to Judge Kavanaugh and his teammates. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”
Dolphin later said that at the time she signed the letter she was unaware of the “Renate” references, but learned of them later.
“I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment,” she said.
Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh, attorneys for Kavanaugh, said in a statement that the language in the yearbook only refers to a high school event Dolphin and Kavanaugh attended together after which they “shared a brief kiss good night.”
They further claimed Judge Kavanaugh “was friends with Renate Dolphin in high school. He admired her very much then, and he admires her to this day.”