September 26, 2018 / 4:21 PM / in 2 months

Court nominee Kavanaugh calls recent allegations 'last minute smears'

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on Thursday, decried sexual allegations against him as “last-minute smears” and denied that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone.

“I am here ... to answer these allegations and to tell the truth,” Kavanaugh said in testimony released on Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of the hearing with Kavanaugh and one of his accusers. “And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever.”

Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Susan Heavey

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