On Monday night, The New York Times reported that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was involved in a bar fight back in 1985 following a UB40 concert in New Haven, Conn. The fight apparently broke out when Kavanaugh and his buddies mistook a fellow bar-goer for lead singer Ali Campbell and then the UB40 frontman look-alike took issue with the men staring at him and said something to the group, reportedly leading the future judge to throw a glass of ice in the man’s face.
In case there was any doubt, the man involved in the bar fight was not Campbell, who made it very clear in a Guardian interview on Tuesday (Oct. 2) that there was no chance he was in that New Haven bar three decades ago (“It wasn’t me!”), nor would he ever have a problem with a group of people staring at him — because, well, it happens all the time.
“I don’t remember the gig in question [in Connecticut], but we did more than 1,000 shows in the U.S. in the ’80s,” he says. “They blur into one another, but the last thing I would do is go to the bar over the road after a show — I jump straight into a car and go back to the hotel. If someone had been staring at me, I wouldn’t have gone: ’Ere, who are you looking at?’ I’ve been on TV screens for 35 years, so I’m used to people looking at me. Most people who do recognise me are lovely.”
Back in March, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey topped Billboard‘s Reggae Albums chart with A Real Labour of Love. Campbell left UB40 in 2008 and now records and performs with Terence “Astro” Wilson and Mickey Virtue under the new moniker, while Ali’s brother Robin Campbell has continued on with UB40. Robin released his own statement to Billboard earlier Tuesday about the Kavanaugh bar fight and the band’s incidental involvement: “Obviously, there must have been an assault because the police were called and a report was filed, but this is a case of mistaken identity and has nothing to do with UB40.”