The man accused of being in the room with Brett Kavanaugh when Christine Blasey Ford alleges she was sexually assaulted by the Supreme Court nominee has been noticeably absent for the past week.
But The Washington Post caught up with Mark Judge in Bethany Beach, Delaware, as he attempts to steer clear of the fallout from Ford’s allegations.
> A high school friend of Kavanaugh’s, Judge has been absent from his Maryland residence for days as Democratic lawmakers and accuser Christine Blasey Ford have demanded that Republicans summon him before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions under oath.
> On Monday, a Washington Post reporter found Judge holed up in the house of a longtime friend in Bethany Beach, nearly three hours away. A car in the driveway contained piles of clothing, a collection of Superman comics and a package addressed to Judge at the Potomac home where he lived three years ago.
When approached by the reporter, Judge asked, “How’d you find me?”
But Kavanaugh’s old high school friend declined to comment any further.
> Barbara “Biz” VanGelder, Judge’s lawyer, said she instructed him to leave the D.C. area last week because of an onslaught of criticism and media questions. At the time, the conservative blogger’s life and writings were beginning to come under scrutiny, leading to charges of misogyny and worse.
> “I told him to leave town. He is being hounded. He is a recovering alcoholic and is under unbelievable stress,” she said. “He needed for his own health to get out of this toxic environment and take care of himself.”
In the wake of Ford’s accusations, Judge has found himself at the center of the issue as the only alleged witness to the assault.
His writings have also been more closely scrutinized:
> Judge, 54, has chronicled the debauchery of his 1980s high school years as a student at Georgetown Prep, where he and Kavanaugh were self-proclaimed members of the “100 Kegs or Bust” club.
> In his 1997 memoir, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” he wrote of high school “masturbation class,” said he “lusted after girls” at Catholic schools and referenced a passed-out “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” who drank too much and once threw up in a car.
After Ford went public, Judge said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has “no memory of this alleged incident.”
> “Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter,” Judge wrote. “More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”