Former co-worker has praise for woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

DENVER -- Debbie Ramirez, a 53-year-old resident of Boulder, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during their years together at Yale.

The allegations were first reported by The New Yorker and detail Kavanaugh exposing himself to Ramirez -- making her touch his genitalia while at a party.

"She is a fun-loving person, she is an outdoor person, very active she cares about her community," said Lisa Calderon, a former co-worker of Ramirez. "She has the highest integrity, meaning I have never heard her speak ill of anybody."

Calderon said she hired Ramirez to work at Safehouse Progressive Alliance, a Boulder nonprofit that helps victims of domestic abuse.

"We know Debbie Ramirez to be a woman of great integrity and honor," the organization said in a statement. "We stand by her and her courageous decision to come forward.

"It is never simple or easy for survivors to share their experiences. To do so in the face of public scrutiny requires a level of personal strength that is true to the person Debbie is. She has our support, our respect, and our admiration."

Other than with The New Yorker, Ramirez is not talking. At her Boulder home Monday, a "No Trespassing" sign was up and a "No Comment" sign was placed on a garbage can.

It remains unclear if Ramirez would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ramirez's attorney is John Clune, a Denver attorney known for his representation of victims' rights. Clune represented accusers in the Kobe Bryant rape trial from several years ago.

The accusation does not appear to be impacting the opinions of GOP senators.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said a vote on Kavanaugh would still happen in the near future. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump called Kavanaugh a "fine man" after the story came out.

Kavanaugh defended himself in an interview on Fox News.

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