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Brett Kavanagh’s sexual assault investigation doc is headed to Sundance

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A new documentary about the explosive sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will debut at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Veteran feature director Doug Liman directs, marking his documentary debut.

“This is a film that focuses on the allegations and investigation against Brett Kavanaugh,” said Kim Yutani, director of programming at Sundance.

Justice Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Donald Trump in 2018. In the months following his verification process, multiple women came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual harassment, including Christine Blasi Ford.

Ford would go on to give a memorable and harrowing testimony about the alleged assault before a Senate Judiciary Committee, an event that would provide an unforgettable image of an angry and blistered Kavanaugh defending his innocence. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him beyond 2018. In 2019, The New York Times published an investigative report that advanced the accounts of another Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez. Although she did not testify before the Judiciary Committee, she previously said Kavanaugh assaulted her while both were undergraduates at Yale.

Liman announced last spring that he would explore another non-fiction subject, traveling to Ukraine to document the country’s ongoing war with Russia. His narrative credits include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “American Made,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Swingers.”

The news was announced during an opening press conference in Park City, attended by Sundance leadership including CEO Joanna Vicente, director of programming Yutani, senior programmer and director of strategic initiatives John Neen, and incoming festival director Eugene Hernandez.

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