New York Times apologizes for 'inappropriate and offensive' tweet on Kavanaugh story

The New York Times apologized for a tweet sent Sunday about a story on new allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFirst-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker Susan Collins raises .1 million in third quarter Poll: 50 percent of Maine voters disapprove of Susan Collins's job performance MORE, saying it was "clearly inappropriate and offensive,."

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The tweet, from the @nytopinion account, stated: “Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn't belong at Yale in the first place."

The tweet was immediately criticized by people who saw it online.

The Times said it was reviewing how the tweet came about.

"Also, a tweet that went out from the @NYTOpinion account yesterday was clearly inappropriate and offensive. We apologize for it and are reviewing the decision-making with those involved," it said in a statement on Twitter.

The Times on Sunday night also issued a correction to the Kavanaugh story about a separate woman involved in an alleged incident with Kavanaugh at Yale that the paper reported in the same story about Ramirez, noting that the unnamed woman said she does not recall the incident. Ramirez stands by her allegations, which Kavanaugh has denied.

-Updated 12:10 p.m.