Brett Kavanaugh got into a college bar fight after seeing UB40

Brett Kavanaugh got into a college bar fight after seeing UB40

A 1985 altercation in a CT bar that allegedly involved Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh led to the arrest of one of his close friends at Yale, a copy of an unredacted police report on the incident provided to CNN Tuesday shows.

In the report, a New Haven police officer wrote that after 1 a.m. on September 26, 1985, a man found bleeding from the ear told officers that another man - identified in the report as Kavanaugh - "threw ice at him for some unknown reason".

Kavanaugh's former Yale classmate Charles "Chad" Ludington said Kavanaugh had "mischaracterized" his college drinking in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee last week, which is now looking into several allegations of sexual assault against the judge.

The victim, Dom Cozzolino, "was bleeding from the right ear", according to the report obtained by the Times, and later was treated at a local hospital. Kavanaugh and a classmate, Chad Ludington, misidentified a bar patron as UB40's then-frontman Ali Campbell.

"Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker", Ludington said in a statement Sunday.

President Donald Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women, including Ford, accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Though the incident happened more than three decades ago, the allegation helped anti-Kavanaugh factions paint him as an alcoholic who lacks the judicial temperament appropriate for a lifetime appointment to the high court. It was that restlessness that prompted him to come forward, he said.

The report got swift pushback from the Trump team, with spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders describing the account in which police investigated Kavanaugh's allegedly drunken violent behavior and he refused to answer their questions as "desperate". "I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone".

While Bazelon and Ben Protess wrote Kavanaugh was "not arrested", she speculated on Twitter Monday night that there was "no report of an arrest" and it "could have been expunged".

During college, Kavanaugh was a junior varsity basketball player, a member of a secret senior society Truth and Courage and a member of one of Yale's fraternities - Delta Kappa Epsilon - known on campus for its occasional antics and drinking culture.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, says Kavanaugh seems willing to mislead senators about matters big and small to ensure his confirmation. "This is not a man who said that he was ideal with respect to alcohol", Trump said during a news conference on Monday.

Kavanaugh repeatedly admitted drinking beer during his committee testimony, pushing back against some members' questions about just how much he drank.