Another woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
Another woman has come forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, alleging she witnessed Kavanaugh and Mark Judge grope girls without their consent during house parties in the early 1980s. In a statement distributed through the White House Wednesday, Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
“On numerous occasions at these parties, I witnessed Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively with girls and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking ‘No’ for an answer. This conduct included the fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent,” Julie Swetnick said in an affidavit.
She also alleged 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, who is being represented by Michael Avenatti, also said in the affidavit released Wednesday that she was a victim of a gang rape in 1982 by a group of boys. She said Kavanaugh and his friend Judge were both “present” where she was attacked, though she did not describe the extent of their involvement.
“During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and was unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking,” she wrote. She did not say who may have drugged her.
Avenatti, who has risen to prominence representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with President Trump, posted the affidavit to Twitter, demanding an FBI investigation.
Swetnick says she is a Washington, D.C., resident and that she attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland.
In a statement Wednesday, Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened,” he said.
Through a lawyer, Judge also denied the allegations.
Trump weighed in on Twitter Wednesday:
Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships - a total low-life!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford, who was the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has said that Judge was in the room when she alleges Kavanaugh attempted to rape her during a party. Kavanaugh has denied that accusation. Judge has told the Senate Judiciary Committee through a lawyer that he did not recall that incident and does not recall seeing Kavanaugh act in such a manner.
A spokesman for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they were reviewing the affidavit.
In a letter to Trump, the Democratic members of the committee on Wednesday called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn or for the FBI to investigate the sexual assault claims.
“Judge Kavanaugh is being considered for a promotion. He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule of matters that will impact Americans for decades. The standard of character and fitness on the nation’s highest court must be higher than this,” the senators wrote in the letter.
The White House later Wednesday distributed a letter signed by dozens of people who said they knew Kavanaugh in high school who refuted the new claims of sexual misconduct.