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Michael Avenatti
Michael
Avenatti speaks to media as he exits the United States District
Court Southern District of New York in May
2018.

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  • A woman who gave Michael Avenatti a sworn declaration
    claiming she saw Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh spiking
    punch at a party has turned on Avenatti.
  • In an interview with NBC News she said the attorney
    twisted her words during the fractious confirmation hearings
    for Justice Kavanaugh.
  • She also told NBC News she only “skimmed” the
    declaration that she signed, and which Avenatti released. The
    document also said Kavanaugh had “inappropriate” physical
    contact with girls.
  • Avenatti denied that the declaration was inaccurate.
    NBC said the woman initially withdrew her claim, but then
    asserted that she was right and Avenatti had “twisted” her
    words.

A woman who gave attorney Michael Avenatti a sworn declaration
that she saw Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh “spike” the
punch at high school parties to take advantage of women has said
the statement was inaccurate.

In an interview with NBC
News
 she denied seeing Kavanaugh interfere with punch,
and said she only “skimmed” the declaration Avenatti he sent her
to sign.

It is incorrect that I saw Brett spike the punch. I didn’t
see anyone spike the punch … I was very clear with Michael
Avenatti from day one,” she told NBC in a phone interview earlier
this month.

Avenatti denied to NBC that the statement was wrong. Before
the story was published, the woman temporarily withdrew her claim
against Avenatti, then re-asserted that it is true.

The woman, whose identity is not publicly known, told NBC
News that she did not see Kavanaugh act inappropriately with
girls, which was also asserted in the declaration, made public at
the same time as Kavanaugh’s the fractious confirmation
hearings.

It said Kavanaugh exhibited “inappropriate physical contact
with girls of a sexual nature” at high school parties and 
was “overly aggressive and verbally abusive to girls.”

Here is the declaration, posted on Twitter by Avenatti on
October 3, three days before Kavanaugh was confirmed.

When asked by NBC whether she had actually seen such
behaviour, she replied: “I would not ever allow anyone to be
abusive in my presence. Male or female.”

Avenatti represented multiple
women during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process who accused
Kavanaugh of sexual assault
 during high school or
college or claimed to have evidence backing up other claims
against him.


Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh testified to the Supreme Court, denying
sexual assault allegations made against him.

Andrew Harnik – Pool/Getty Images

NBC said that when it approached Avenatti over the story he
asserted that the declaration was an accurate account of what the
woman said, and claimed to have audio recordings and witnesses.

The networked reported that Avenatti spoke to the woman,
prompting her to withdraw the claim and suggesting that she had
been “confused.”

In a final exchange, NBC said it contacted the woman again and
that she again said that statement was not right.

They cited a text on October 5, saying: “I will definitely
talk to you again and no longer Avenatti. I do not like that he
twisted my words.”

Avenatti, best known for representing adult film actress Stormy
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump, became a
key player as multiple sexual assault allegations were made
against Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination process.

Avenatti also represented
Julie Swetnick,
who accused Kavanaugh of being
present during sexual assaults and “gang rape” in the 1980s.
Swetnick came forward after Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who

testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee
about her sexual
assault allegations against Kavanaugh.


Julie Swetnick
Michael
Avenatti represented Julie Swetnick, who accused Brett Kavanaugh
of sexual misconduct.

Michael Avenatti
via AP


Kavanaugh was
ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court,
despite heavy
opposition.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee and a supporter of Kavanaugh, referred
Avenatti and Swetnick for a criminal investigation by the Justice
Department earlier this month.

Grassley accused them of “a potential conspiracy to provide
materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a
congressional committee investigation.”

Avenatti responded on Twitter, saying he welcomed any
investigation.

“It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in
investigations,” Avenatti tweeted.
“He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for
life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to
the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth
be known.”

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