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Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick is 3rd Brett Kavanaugh accuser

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  • Attorney Michael Avenatti revealed the identity of his
    client, the third woman to accuse President Donald Trump’s
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual
    misconduct.
  • She is Julie Swetnick, a Washington, DC, resident.
  • Swetnick alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge
    were present when she was “gang raped” during the early 1980s.

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday revealed the identity of his
client, the third woman to accuse President Donald Trump’s
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct,
as Julie Swetnick, a Washington, DC, resident.

Swetnick signed a sworn declaration in which she alleged, among
other things, that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were
present when she was “gang raped” at a party in 1982. She said
she shared details of the incident with two additional people
shortly after the sexual assault took place.

According to Swetnick’s sworn declaration, tweeted by Avenatti
minutes before he posted a photo of Swetnick, the accuser said
she first met Kavanaugh and Judge at a Washington, DC-area house
party some time between 1980 and 1981.

Between 1981 and 1983, Swetnick said she attended “well over 10
house parties” where Kavanaugh and Judge were present. She said
she witnessed both men “drink excessively and engage in highly
inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with
girls and not taking ‘no’ for an answer.”

  • Swetnick’s allegations included claims that Kavanaugh and
    Judge tried to “spike” drinks with drugs or liquor that was
    particularly high in alcohol content to “cause girls to lose
    their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘no.'”
  • She claimed she witnessed Kavanaugh and Judge do this so
    women could be “gang raped” by a “train” of boys that, she says,
    included Kavanaugh and Judge.
  • “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,” she said.


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Swetnick said she was raped in 1982, claiming she was
“incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the
boys raping me.” She said she believed she was drugged using
Quaaludes, a sedative.

Swetnick said she is aware of other witnesses who can attest to
the truthfulness of her entire declaration.

Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage 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.”

Pointing to Kavanaugh’s comment from a Fox News interview earlier
this week where he said he was a virgin for “many years after”
high school, Swetnick said the claim was “absolutely false and a
lie,” adding that she witnessed the judge “consistently engage in
excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature
with women during the early 1980s.”

Though there was little information on Swetnick available online
prior to Avenatti’s tweet, her declaration, which Avenatti said
he provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, was sworn under
penalty of perjury. Swetnick said she holds multiple active US
government security clearances. Experts said that making false
statements on such a document would be a “career-ender” for her.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. Kavanaugh had not responded to the latest allegations as
of Wednesday morning, but he has strongly denied any past
allegation of sexual misconduct that has been brought before him
in recent weeks.

Swetnick becomes the third woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of
sexual misconduct

The first was Christine Blasey
Ford
, a professor who alleged that, while in high school,
Kavanaugh pinned her down and put his hand over her mouth,
groping her while his friend watched. 

Ford is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday morning.

On Sunday, The New Yorker published the
account
of a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale
University classmate of Kavanaugh’s. She alleged that Kavanaugh
exposed himself to her at a dorm-room party during the 1983-84
school year when he was a freshman at the university. Ramirez was
initially reluctant to come forward because she said there were
gaps in her memory.

Regarding Ford’s allegation, Kavanaugh said it is “completely
false.” Responding to Ramirez, Kavanaugh said the “alleged event
from 35 years ago did not happen.”

Avenatti first revealed that he had a client making such claims
after The New Yorker published its story on Ramirez Sunday night.
The attorney, who also represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her
battle with Trump over a non-disclosure agreement, was faced with
skepticism initially. On Tuesday, Avenatti disputed an online
rumor
that he had been “scammed.”

Democrats, meanwhile, were
cautious
in discussing Avenatti’s client prior to his
Wednesday revelation.

Read her full declaration:

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