Julie Swetnick says she was gang raped at a celebration Kavanaugh attended.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti has for days been claiming that he has a shopper with explosive details about Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh — and on Wednesday, he and his shopper lastly went public.
On Twitter, Avenatti posted a sworn affidavit from Washington, DC resident Julie Swetnick, who says she was current at quite a few highschool events the place Kavanaugh and his buddy Mark Decide, drank excessively and harassed ladies.
Swetnick alleges that Kavanaugh, Decide, and others focused ladies with medication and alcohol to trigger them to “lose their inhibitions” in order that they may very well be “gang raped” — and she or he says that she herself was a sufferer of considered one of these “prepare” rapes. (She says that Decide and Kavanaugh have been “current” when she was raped however doesn’t immediately accuse them of collaborating.)
The information provides to the allegations about Kavanaugh throughout his youthful years, and comes in the future earlier than the primary such accuser to come back ahead, Christine Blasey Ford, is scheduled to testify earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ford alleges that at a celebration within the 1980s, whereas they have been all in highschool, Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to take her garments off, and coated her mouth as she screamed as his buddy Mark Decide appeared on. Decide, who Swetnick refers to repeatedly in her affidavit as nicely, has declined to testify, and committee Republicans haven’t subpoenaed him.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations introduced in opposition to him by Ford and one other girl, Deborah Ramirez, who says that Kavanaugh drunkenly uncovered himself to her and pushed his genitals into her face whereas they have been freshmen in school at Yale. He has additionally disputed characterizations of him ingesting closely and partying in his youth, regardless of lots of those that knew him saying in any other case. Decide, now a conservative author, has written books about his alcohol abuse whereas in highschool.
It’s not yr clear what Swetnick’s allegations will imply for Kavanaugh’s nomination shifting ahead. Republicans have already scheduled a panel vote on his nomination for Friday.
A spokesman for the judiciary committee mentioned committee legal professionals are within the technique of reviewing the brand new allegations. Kavanaugh has not but commented on them.
What Julie Swetnick says occurred
In line with Swetnick’s signed declaration, she is a graduate of Gaithersburg Excessive College in Gaithersburg, Maryland and met Decide and Kavanaugh in 1980 or 1981 after being launched to them at a home get together in Washington, DC. She says that she attended greater than 10 home events with them from 1981 to 1983 and noticed the pair as “joined on the hip.”
Within the declaration, Swetnick alleges she noticed Kavanaugh “drink excessively at many of those events and interact in abusive and bodily aggressive habits towards women,” together with urgent up and grinding in opposition to them and attempting to shift their garments to show components of their physique. She says she additionally noticed him be “verbally abusive” towards women and witnessed him act as a “imply drunk.” Different ladies informed her of Kavanaugh’s habits in Ocean Metropolis, Maryland throughout “seaside week,” which seems on the calendars he has made public.
Swetnick, who based on the declaration signed it on Tuesday, says that she noticed Kavanaugh and his spouse Amy’s interview on Fox Information on Monday “concerning his alleged ‘innocence’ throughout his highschool years and lack of sexual exercise.” Kavanaugh on Monday claimed he was a virgin in highschool and for “a few years thereafter.”
“This declare is completely false and a lie,” she claims, saying she repeatedly noticed Kavanaugh “interact in extreme ingesting and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with ladies through the early 1980s.”
Essentially the most disturbing a part of Swetnick’s allegations are concerning the “gang rape” she alleges occurred at events the place Kavanaugh and Decide have been current. She alleges that Decide, Kavanaugh, and others would “’spike’ the ‘punch’” at events “in order to trigger women to lose their inhibitions and their potential to say ‘No.’” They’d goal specific women, and if the women grew to become very drunk or disoriented, they might be gang raped by a “prepare” of quite a few boys.”
She continues: “I’ve a agency recollection of seeing boys lined up exterior rooms at lots of these events ready for his or her’ flip’ with a woman contained in the room. These boys included Mark Decide and Brett Kavanaugh.”
Swetnick says that in 1982 she was a sufferer of such a “prepare” rape the place Decide and Kavanaugh have been “current,” however she doesn’t say that they participated. She informed a minimum of two different folks what occurred shortly after the incident, and believed she was drugged utilizing “Quaaludes or one thing related.” Swetnick says she is conscious of different witnesses who can again her up.
The declaration additionally lays out that Swetnick holds plenty of federal authorities clearances, together with from the Treasury Division, and has held earlier federal authorities clearances up to now, together with from the State and Justice Departments.
Avenatti additionally shared an image of Swetnick.
We don’t know but what all of this implies
Avenatti, a media-savvy determine with 2020 presidential aspirations, has been for days hinting about his shopper’s allegations and making plenty of calls for of the Senate Judiciary Committee, together with calling for them to subpoena Decide and to get Kavanaugh to elucidate what a few of his yearbook entries imply.
But there was skepticism amongst many — even high Democrats — about Avenatti’s claims, significantly given how obscure they have been, and that they weren’t being vetted by reporters who have been fact-checking them.
Now, although, Swetnick has come ahead, and there shall be an effort to judge her credibility — which raises the stakes for Kavanaugh’s look Thursday even greater.