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Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick says he doesn't belong on the Supreme Court

The nominee's third accuser, through her lawyer Michael Avenatti, is demanding to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee

by Emma Ockerman
Sep 27 2018, 1:56pm

Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, said in an interview Wednesday night that she doesn’t “think he belongs” on the Supreme Court, and heightened calls for a full investigation into the allegations against him.

Speaking exclusively to Showtime’s “The Circus,” Swetnick — a client of Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer and potential 2020 presidential contender — was asked why the allegations came so close to Kavanaugh’s much-anticipated testimony regarding the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who last week publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her at a teen party in the 1980s.

“It wasn’t that I wanted to come out one day before the hearings … circumstances brought it out that way,” Swetnick, a 55-year-old web developer with multiple government security clearances, said. Avenatti revealed her identity, photo and allegations on Twitter Wednesday morning. Then, Thursday morning, he pushed to have her testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Swetnick alleged in a sworn statement Wednesday that she was gang raped by a “train” of boys when she was incapacitated at a teen party in the early ‘80s. She alleged Kavanaugh was present at the party and many others she attended, but she didn’t accuse him of sexual assault against her. Rather, Swetnick alleged that she once saw Kavanaugh and his longtime friend Mark Judge standing outside a room where she believed another teenage girl was being assaulted. She also alleged Kavanaugh was a “mean drunk” and would behave inappropriately around women he may have considered vulnerable.

“It’s not that I just thought about it,” Swetnick said, with Avenatti standing beside her. “It’s been on my mind ever since the occurrence.”

“I don’t think women should be treated that way. I don’t think any human being should treat people that way,” Swetnick said of Kavanaugh. She didn’t directly call for an FBI investigation in the interview, but Avenatti has repeatedly demanded it on her behalf. Avenatti is also the attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Trump railed against Avenatti in a press conference Wednesday evening when asked about Swetnick’s allegations.


Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify Thursday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the allegations of sexual assault. Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and groping her over her clothing, and muffling her screams, during another teen party in the early 1980s, when they both were in high school in Maryland. Deborah Ramirez also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, telling the New Yorker that he exposed himself to her during a college party at Yale University.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied all allegations against him.