In the final days before a scheduled confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, multiple women came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.
The accusers included Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick.
While most media attention has been given to Ford’s allegations, Swetnick’s allegations are arguably much more severe as she has accused Kavanaugh of attending and contributing to parties where gang rapes regularly occurred. She claims to have seen him present at nearly a dozen parties over the course of two years. She initially accused him of participating in such actions and of drugging multiple women.
The bombshell allegations were first announced by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti — who is also representing Stormy Daniels in a case against President Trump.
Here’s more on Swetnick, per Fox News:
Swetnick has told NBC News that she saw Kavanaugh “paw on girls” and “[touch] them in private parts” at parties as a high school student, but stopped short of claiming that he drugged or sexually assaulted her or other women. MSNBC aired an interview with Swetnick on “The Beat with Ari Melber” Monday evening, with reporter Kate Snow noting that NBC News “has not been able to independently verify [Swetnick’s] claims.”
Swetnick said she was inspired to come forward after Christine Blasey Ford claimed she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh during a party that Ford and Kavanaugh purportedly attended as high school students in the early 1980s. (Ford’s account has not been backed up by any of the witnesses she said were at the party, including her lifelong best friend, and she has repeatedly changed key details in her story, including how many people were at the party and when the episode occurred. Notably, Ford also testified she could not recall how she got home from the party, which she said took place far from her residence at the time.).
“I started to think back to … the early ’80s in Montgomery County in Maryland and I thought that I might have some information that might corroborate some of the things that she had stated,” Swetnick said.
She added that she met Kavanaugh when she was in community college and attending house parties that would draw “everybody between an age range of 15, 16 to 25, maybe even more.” Swetnick said she remembered “specifically being introduced to him” and described him as “very aggressive.”
“Very sloppy drunk, very mean drunk,” she said of the future federal judge. “I saw him try to shift clothing … I saw him push girls against walls. He would pretend to stumble and stumble into them and knock them into a wall. He’d push his body against theirs. He would grope them.”
“Well, I saw him giving red Solo cups to quite a few girls during that time frame and there was green punch at those parties,” Swetnick said. “And I would not take one of those glasses from Brett Kavanaugh. I saw him around the punch, I won’t say bowls, or the punch containers … I don’t know what he did, but I saw him by them.”
Julie Swetnick contradicts sworn statement? Now she isn’t sure if Brett Kavanaugh spiked punch at house parties https://t.co/ebCQGRxzXZ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 1, 2018
But, she has walked back her initial allegations they may not include Kavanaugh at all.
As part of her initial allegations, Swetnick also said she had been the victim but was not able to confirm if Kavanaugh participated.
“What happened to me is probably the most horrendous, awful thing that could happen to any human being. My body was violated. My soul was broken. I was not able to have somebody stop when I said ‘no, stop.’ I felt like somebody took me and basically said you’re worthless,” Swetnick said, as the Daily Caller reports.
“I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me. But before this happened to me, at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there. I saw Mark Judge there,” she added. “And they were hanging about the area where I started to feel disoriented and where the room was, and where the other boys were hanging out.”
“It’s very hard for me to talk about this, but it’s important that somebody says something, because if Brett Kavanaugh was one of those people that did this to me, there is no way in the world that he should go scot-free on this, and that he should be on the Supreme Court,” Swetnick added. “It’s just unthinkable to me. If he does, there’s no justice in the world.”
As the Daily Caller reports, Swetnick named four people who she claims could corroborate her claims. None of the named witnesses have been able to place Kavanaugh at the party, including one who said they did not know Swetnick.
NBC Reporter Kate Snow: Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick “Told Us [Things] On Camera That Differ From Her Written Statement”pic.twitter.com/AFA632vRMO
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Here’s more, per Mediaite:
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NBC News noted there were differences in Swetnick’s initial statement and her comments to the outlet, notably her assertion that Kavanaugh spiked punch at the parties so that groups of boys could rape girls.
Swetnick did not confirm that she saw Kavanaugh spike punch, but simply said she “saw him around the punch containers.”
“I don’t know what he did,” she told NBC.
She also appeared to backtrack on her suggestion that Kavanaugh was involved in gang rapes, saying she only saw him congregated with other boys outside of rooms. When Snow asked if she thought the boys were gathered in order to rape girls in the rooms, Swetnick replied “yes.”