A woman and career government employee has stepped forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of being present at a party in the '80s where she says she was gang raped by a “train” of boys when she was incapacitated, an incident she claims was commonplace at boozy high school parties attended by Kavanaugh and longtime friend Mark Judge.
Michael Avenatti released a three-page sworn statement from his client, Julie Swetnick, on Twitter Wednesday after teasing on social media this week that he had more incriminating information against Kavanaugh.
Swetnick, who went to Gaithersburg High School, said she was introduced to Kavanaugh and Judge and subsequently attended 10 parties in the Washington, D.C., area where they were present. At one of those parties, Swetnick says she was the victim of a gang rape where she believes she had been incapacitated by grain alcohol or a drug such as quaaludes and could not fight off her attackers. Swetnick does not accuse Kavanaugh of participating in her rape, but she alleges that she saw Kavanaugh and Judge standing in line outside a room where another woman was being raped. “I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” she alleges.
The White House issued a statement from Kavanaugh calling Swetnick's account "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone."
"I don’t know who this is and this never happened," Kavanaugh said, according to the statement.
Swetnick does not accuse Kavanaugh or Judge of doing anything directly to her; rather she's describing alleged behavior at parties in high school, which included targeting certain women they deemed vulnerable, grinding against them, or touching them without consent. She also said Kavanaugh and his friends would "spike" punch with grain alcohol “to cause women to lose their inhibitions.” She described him as a “mean drunk.”
In screenshots posted to Twitter of his correspondence with Mike Davis, chief counsel for nominations at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Avenatti — also the lawyer for porn actor Stormy Daniels — shared Swetnick's sworn statement describing accusations against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. He’s set to testify on Ford’s allegations Thursday morning, and has categorically denied all allegations against him.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down, groping her and muffling her protests during a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a college party at Yale University a few years later.
Avenatti is now demanding a full FBI investigation into Swetnick’s claims, as Democrats and attorneys for Ford have requested over the past several days.
Avenatti said he didn’t intend to release the allegations last-minute, saying he “disclosed this days ago” to the Senate Judiciary committee. The allegations inspired a response from the president himself: “Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations,” Trump said on Twitter.
Avenatti then responded, also via Twitter, that Trump is a “habitual liar and complete narcissist who is also a disgrace as a president.”
Meanwhile, in Kavanaugh’s prepared remarks to the panel of Senators released Wednesday, he said he spent most of his high school days “focused on academics, sports, church and service,” adding, however, that he was “not perfect in those days.”
All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded that Republicans withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.
Sen. Lindsey Graham defended Kavanaugh in a statement saying that “if Republicans bail out on this good man because of the smears and character assassination perpetrated by Michael Avenatti, we deserve our fate.”
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, decried the response from both Republicans and Democrats that’s led to “vile” treatment of Kavanaugh and Ford. Flake said that he’s received death threats for supporting an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations.
“I don’t believe Dr. Ford is part of some vast conspiracy from start to finish to smear Judge Kavanaugh,” Flake said. “And I do know that I do not believe that Judge Kavanaugh is some sort of serial sexual predator.”
Cover: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)