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Third woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, alleges he was present during ‘gang rape’

Julie Swetnick. (Michael Avenatti)

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday revealed the identity of the third woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He describes his client, Julie Swetnick, as “courageous, brave and honest” for coming forward. The White House issued a firm denial after news of the explosive allegations broke.

Swetnick attended high school in Maryland at the same time as “joined at the hip” friends Kavanaugh and Mark Judge — who was also named in Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations — and says she was a guest at more than 10 house parties in the Washington D.C. area between 1981 and 1983 at which the pair were present. She disputes Kavanaugh’s depiction, during a recent Fox News interview, of his high school years as being innocent and abstinent as “absolutely false and a lie.”

While Swetnick does not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her, she claims that he and Judge were present at a party in 1982 when she was gang raped by a group of boys after her drink was spiked “using Quaaludes or something similar.”

Swetnick says she told at least two people what had happened, shortly after the incident.

In her sworn declaration, which Avenatti posted to social media on Wednesday morning, Swetnick also identifies Judge and Kavanaugh as being among boys who, at other parties in the early 1980s, spiked drinks “to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No’.”

Swetnick, who has worked for the U.S. government in several capacities including stints at the Treasury Department, U.S. Mint, IRS, State Department, and Justice Department, claims to have witnessed Kavanaugh and Judge’s efforts to “‘spike’ the ‘punch’ at house parties … with drugs and/or grain alcohol,” in order to cause girls “to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Since then, two more women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against the federal judge that date back to high school and college. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“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 says. “These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”

The White House responded swiftly with a statement from Kavanaugh, who claimed, “This is ridiculous and from The Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.” Right on the heels of that statement, the president weighed in on Twitter, slamming Avenatti, who as Stormy Daniels’ attorney has been a thorn in his side for nearly a year, as “a third-rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations” and “total low life.” According to NBC News, a lawyer for Judge also issued a statement, saying, “Mr. Judge vehemently denies Ms. Swetnick’s allegations.”

Swetnick also says in her statement, “I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and 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.”

She continues, “I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were designed to demean, humiliate and embarrass them. I often witnessed Brett Kavanaugh speak in a demeaning manner about girls in general as well as specific girls by name. I also witnessed Brett Kavanaugh behave as a ‘mean drunk’ on many occasions at these parties.”

“We demand an immediate FBI investigation into the allegations,” Avenatti posted, alongside with Swetnick’s declaration. “Under no circumstances should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed absent a full and complete investigation.” Despite the fighting words coming from President Trump and the White House, according to Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman, reality may be setting in for some administration officials about Kavanaugh’s prospects as a nominee. Some aides, Sherman reported, think “this could be the end of the line” for Kavanaugh.

After the explosive allegations were made, top Democrats began calling for Kavanaugh to withdraw from the nomination process. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter that “Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration” and urged Republican senators to postpone Thursday’s hearings and Friday’s vote “while the FBI investigates all of these allegations.” According to CNBC, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called for the immediate opening of an FBI investigation, or for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn. “The standard of character and fitness for a position on the nation’s highest court must be higher than this. Judge Kavanaugh has staunchly declared his respect for women and issued blanket denials of any possible misconduct, but those declarations are in serious doubt,” the Democratic senators wrote in the letter.

All of this comes as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh prepare to testify Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee a day ahead of the planned vote, and as lawyers for Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, negotiate with members of the Judiciary Committee about the possibility of her testifying. Her lawyer said Wednesday that Ramirez “would be willing to testify” if the right conditions are met.

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