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After accusing Kavanaugh of drunken, belligerent behavior, NCSU professor returns to routine on campus

October 3, 2018

Charles "Chad" Ludington

A North Carolina State University history professor found himself in the middle of a firestorm when he accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of drunken and belligerent behavior when they both attended Yale University.

Chad Ludington, who now lives in Carrboro, told NBC News that he was going to the FBI earlier this week to give them information about Kavanaugh’s drunken behavior when they were classmates in the 1980s.

Now, his story is getting intense scrutiny.

“It was the sense that the truth was being distorted at Brett’s dissembling,” he said of Kavanaugh’s testimony. “I think people should be honest, especially in the highest offices of the land.”

Ludington told the Washington Post that when Kavanaugh drank, he was often aggressive.

“When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail,” he said to the Washington Post.

The New York Times found a police report on an incident in which the cup was actually full of ice, not beer.

“I actually, now I found out from the report that it wasn’t beer, that I had misremembered ice cubes in whatever drink he was drinking,” Ludington said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Karl Knudsen, a local veteran criminal defense attorney, said there can be under the law “a distinction without a difference” in someone’s version of events, meaning the detail does not change the overall story.

“The essential details are all corroborated,” Knudsen said. “One of the things I tell people is that the hallmarks of someone who is telling the truth is that the main substance of it will be the same.”

Since coming forward, Ludington has found himself in the media spotlight.

“It’s inviting a lot of unwelcome attention to your life. It’s not for the faint of heart I guess I’ve learned,” Ludington said.

In the meantime, Ludington said he is trying to get back into his routine on campus.

“I cannot imagine that this person would inject themselves into this matter unless they were absolutely and firmly convinced that there was a moral and ethical reason to do so,” Knudsen said.

Ludington has filled out a statement for the FBI and is waiting to hear back about an interview.

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