Sundance documentary exposes Kavanaugh as never before. Stay tuned…

Vince Rizzo
3 min readJan 21, 2023

The report that “Justice” a documentary about Brett Kavanaugh’s drunken and criminal youth premiered at Sundance last night. The film takes us back to the Supreme Court Justice’s time at Yale where he is alleged to have attacked another woman in a drunken, sexual rage which is eerily reminiscent of the charges brought by Christine Blasey Ford in her testimony in 2018 accusing the prep school perp of attempted rape. The film was covertly produced and self-funded by its director, Doug Liman. The documentary was based upon the reported tip by another Yale student at the time who witnessed the alleged attack and reported his first-hand account to the FBI at the time of Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing:

Perhaps the most explosive revelation in the film is the FBI’s failure to follow up on a tip from Max Stier, a fellow Yale student during the time Ramirez and Kavanaugh attended the school, who said he was told about a similar alleged incident involving Kavanaugh exposing himself to another female student. The film includes a tape recorded statement from Stier, one of 4,500 tips to an FBI hotline that was set up after Ramirez and Blasey Ford came forward.

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The documentary was shrouded in secrecy as Liman feared political forces that could destroy the project:

Liman told the crowd at the Park Avenue Theater at Sundance that it was crucial to keep production of the film a complete secret, recognizing in the course of making it that “the machinery that was put into place to prevent anyone from speaking out” could eventually be turned on them and the subjects involved. Liman appeared on stage with producer Amy Herdy, who explained that everyone who participated signed an NDA, and that codenames were even provided for the film’s subjects. They said “Justice” would never have come to fruition were it not for this caution.

“There would’ve been some kind of injunction. This film wouldn’t have been showing here,” Liman said.

- Indiewire.com

The film debuted in front of a small crowd that included members of the press. It is, in part, a recounting of Ms. Ramirez’s story in The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer in which Ramirez states that she encountered Kavanaugh at a party at Yale in 1983:

“Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

The piece in The New Yorker contained a full denial of Ramirez’s account by Kavanaugh. The tape of Stiers’ reported tip- among the more than 4500 tips received by the FBI- is a damning addition to both Ramirez’s and Blasey Ford’s stories that were dismissed at the time. The FBI refused to investigate any of the tips and reportedly passed them on to the White House. Stiers who refused to be included in the film was present during the assault and had reported it to several friends, his wife, and to the FBI.

The Kavanaugh revelations in Justice come at a time in which SCOTUS has come under renewed scrutiny after the failure to find the source of leaks to the court’s Roe decision authored by Samuel Alito. This is a developing story as Liman has reported numerous tips have come forward since the Sundance event last evening.

Originally published at https://www.dailykos.com on January 21, 2023.

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Vince Rizzo

Former president of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and a founder of a charter school based on MI theory.