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, alleges in a sworn declaration that in 1981 to 1983 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.

Kavanaugh responded in a statement through the White House: “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

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.

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.

Read Swetnick’s sworn declaration here:

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