True to his word, attorney Michael Avenatti dropped a bombshell on Judge Brett Kavanaugh this morning. Talking Points Memo reports, Avenatti Client Emerges With New Allegations Against Kavanaugh:
Another woman has come forward with new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, detailing his alleged inappropriate behavior toward women at high school parties in a sworn declaration released by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.
The client, Julie Swetnick (above), alleges in a sworn declaration that in 1980 and 1981 she attended house parties with Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s accused accomplice in the alleged attack of Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s.
Swetnick paints a picture of heavy alcohol consumption and non-consensual sexual activity at the parties, alleging that Kavanaugh drank heavily and acted aggressively towards women present, both in word and action. She claimed that male party attendees participated in “gang rapes,” where they would, in turns, violate a woman who had been incapacitated with spiked drinks. Swetnick said that she herself was a victim of this specific crime, and that Judge and Kavanaugh were “present” when the alleged attack took place.
These dramatic allegations have surfaced just a day before Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford are due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her sexual assault allegation.
At the parties, Swetnick claims that Kavanaugh engaged in “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, ‘grinding’ against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts.”
Swetnick also claims that Kavanaugh and Judge would spike the alcoholic “punch” at parties “so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’”
She claimed that boys at these parties used this technique to “gang rape” a drunk woman at the party with a “train” of men waiting in the hallway to have their turn. Swetnick alleged that Kavanaugh and Judge were among the boys she saw “lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,” though it does not appear that Swetnick witnessed such an attack.
Swetnick alleges that she was a victim of a gang rape, and that Kavanaugh and Judge were “present” when it happened — though she does not explicitly say that they took part in the alleged attack.
The allegations are detailed in emails to a Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer that Avenatti released on Twitter.
A spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that lawyers for the committee “are in the process of reviewing” Swetnick’s sworn declaration.
Swetnick, whose photo above was released on Twitter by Avenatti, has so far not spoken to reporters, so her declaration is currently the only public account of this incident. Kavanaugh has not yet responded to the newest allegation.
Elizabeth Rasor, an ex-girlfriend of Judge’s, has told the New Yorker that Judge had related to her an incident where he and his friends “took turns having sex” with a drunk woman at a house party.
UPDATE: Steve Benen adds:
Swetnick, like Ford and Ramirez, is prepared to testify under oath, and through her attorney, she’s welcomed FBI scrutiny.
Kavanaugh said in a written statement, “This is ridiculous and from the twilight zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.” An attorney for Mark Judge told NBC News that “Mr. Judge vehemently denies Ms. Swetnick’s allegations.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed this morning that it has received the declaration, but it’s not clear what, if anything, senators intend to do with the accusation. That said, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded to this morning’s developments in a statement.
“Republicans need to immediately suspend the proceedings related to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the president must order the FBI to reopen the background check investigation,” the Democratic leader said. “There are now multiple, corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, made under the penalty of perjury, all of which deserve a thorough investigation.”
Download Julie Swetnick’s sworn declaration here, or read it below.