In a new twist to the saga over sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington, D.C., federal judge denies she was ever physically or sexually abused by the appeals court judge when the two dated in the late 1990s.

Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in a letter sent Wednesday night to a senior lawyer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledged she dated Kavanaugh in 1998 but denied the allegations in an anonymous tip sent to a U.S. senator that suggested Kavanaugh had “shove(d)” his ex-girlfriend “against a wall.”

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