Guest Post by Dr. Tony Nugent, retired professor of religion and symbology.
In his litany of boasts in his Georgetown Prep yearbook, Brett Kavanaugh includes the entry “Devil’s Triangle.” Although he claims disingenuously in his Senate testimony that this term refers to nothing more than a drinking game played with quarters, its common meaning when applied to human behavior is a ménage-à-trois, “a colloquial term for a sexual threesome consisting of one woman and two men.”
According to the testimony of Christine Blasey, a sexual threesome appears to be precisely what Kavanaugh and his buddy Mark Judge were enacting, with her as a third, non-consenting participant, in the summer of 1982.
After being pushed into the bedroom, Brett and Mark came in, locking the door behind them. Brett covered her mouth with his hand, “got on top of me” and “tried to take off my clothes,” but “he had a hard time because he was so drunk.” Mark, who was “was urging Brett on,” jumped on the bed twice, then they toppled over, and Christine escaped. Here we have an aggressive, non-consensual ménage-à-trois. Was what happened that night what Kavanaugh would immortalize a year later in his yearbook as his “Devil’s Triangle”?
A compelling case has been made that this sexual assault occurred on Thursday, July 1, 1982. According to Kavanaugh’s summer of 1982 calendar, he attended a party on that date at “Timmy’s” home (Timmy Gaudette), and those who were there, or who Kavanaugh expected to be there, included “Judge” (Mark Judge), “Tom” (Tom Kane), “PJ” (Patrick Smyth), “Bernie” (Bernie McCarthy), and “Squi” (Chris Garrett).
According to Christine Blasey’s account of the party where she was assaulted, an account which she gave before Kavanaugh’s calendar became public, others present besides Kavanaugh were his friend and accomplice Mark Judge, P. J. Smyth, and “one other boy whose name I cannot recall.” Do we not here have independent corroborating evidence backing up Blasey’s account?
In Blasey’s testimony she states, “During my freshman and sophomore school years, when I was 14 and 15 years old, my group of friends intersected with Brett and his friends.” Kavanaugh testified to the contrary that “she [Blasey] and I did not travel in the same social circles.”
That Blasey is testifying truthfully, and Kavanaugh untruthfully, about the intersection of their social circles is supported by the evidence of Kavanaugh’s calendar, by the fact that during that summer Blasey was dating Kavanaugh’s friend Chris Garrett, and by the fact that she was introduced to Chris by Mark Judge.
Other boasts in Brett’s yearbook also appear to refer to his heavy drinking, sexual promiscuity, and humiliation of girls. He claims to be the “Biggest Contributor” to the “Beach Week Ralph Club,” a reference to vomiting due to excessive drinking; he claims membership in the “100 Kegs or Bust” drinking group, seniors who pledge to drink 100 kegs of beer by the time of their graduation; and he is a “Renate Alumnius,” meaning that he, like others in this school, is claiming to have sexually “scored” with Renate Dolphin (also see the yearbook photo of nine football players, including Kavanaugh, with the inscription, “Renate Alumni”).
Kavanaugh also includes this note in his yearbook: “Judge – Have You Boofed Yet?,” apparently a friendly taunt to his friend about whether he’s engaged in anal sex. In Judge’s yearbook he asks the same question of Kavanaugh: “Bart, have you boofed yet?” Judge uses the name “Bart” for his friend Brett. In his book Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, Judge says he asked a girl named Mary, “Do you know Bart O’Kavanaugh?,” to which she responds, “I heard he puked in someone’s car the other night,” and then Judge says, “Yeah. He passed out on his way back from a party.”
The combination of heavy drinking and aggressiveness in Kavanaugh’s “Devil’s Triangle” assault on Christine Blasey, while he was a student at Georgetown Prep, continued to characterize his behavior as a student at Yale. When he would get ‘incoherently drunk,” according to James Roche, his freshman roommate, he would also get “belligerent.” Classmate Chad Ludington says, as quoted by The New York Times, “The judge had often become belligerent and aggressive while intoxicated.”
Other Yale classmates provide specific accounts which suggest that Kavanaugh’s behavior at times involved a combination of drunkenness and sexual aggression or humiliation. According to Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh was drunk at a dormitory party during his freshman year when he shoved his penis in her face. And according to Lynne Brookes, when interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Kavanaugh and Chris Dudley, another classmate, were very drunk when they “thought it would be really funny to barge into a room where a guy and a girl had gone off together and embarrass that woman.” Brookes says “the girl was mortified and I was furious.”
In a 2015 speech at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, Kavanaugh said, “Fortunately, we had a good saying that we’ve held firm to this day…which is: What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.”
This echoes what Kavanaugh said in a 2014 speech at a Yale Law School Federalist Society banquet about the time when, as a student at the law school, he organized a bus trip of 30 classmates that went to Boston “only for us to return falling out of the bus onto the front steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.” Then he added, “Fortunately for all of us we had a motto: What happens on the bus stays on the bus.”
Unfortunately, for Kavanaugh, his behaviors at Georgetown Prep and at Yale, including the incriminating details, are slowly emerging into the light. And there is surely more to come. The devil is in the details, and that includes his “Devil’s Triangle,” his aggressive ménage-à-trois with his buddy Mark Judge and their victim Christine Blasey.
Symbologist and author Tony Nugent, Ph.D. is a retired religion professor.