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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24743"><span class="small">Joanna Walters, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:44

Excerpt: "She wrote: 'I witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be 'gang raped.'"

Michael Avenatti. (photo: Andrew Cullen/Reuters)
Michael Avenatti. (photo: Andrew Cullen/Reuters)

Michael Avenatti Client Julie Swetnick Becomes Third Kavanaugh Accuser

By Joanna Walters, Guardian UK

26 September 18

Michael Avenatti tweeted a declaration made in the name of Julie Swetnick accusing supreme court pick of sexual misconduct

third woman has come forward to accuse Donald Trump’s supreme court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual misconduct, according to a statement published on Wednesday by her lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti tweeted a declaration made in the name of Julie Swetnick, a resident of Washington DC, which said she had met Kavanaugh and his school friend Mark Judge in the early 1980s and attended the same parties.

The declaration said she had “observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behaviour towards 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 said she was at parties where Kavanaugh and his friend Judge were involved in situations that resulted in women being gang raped.

She wrote: “I witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others 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…”

“In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women. He denies the allegations. He is due at a public hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday to answer allegations from the first of the three women who have now accused him of sexual assault or misconduct in the past, California professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Swetnick declares that she is a graduate of Gaithersburg high school in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and that she currently holds government security clearances “associated with working within the federal government”, involving the US Department of Treasury, the US Mint and the Internal Revenue Service. She says she previously held clearances with the departments of state, justice, homeland security and customs and border protection.

Swetnick says she met Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, whom Kavanaugh’s original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, says was the third person in the room when supreme court nominee sexually assaulted her when they were in high school – which both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied.

But she said in her statement that: “There is no question in my mind that Mark Judge has significant information concerning the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh during the 1980s, especially as it relates to his actions towards women.

Swetnick added that: “I attended well over 10 house parties in the Washington DC, area during the years 1981-1983 where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.

“I have reviewed Brett Kavanaugh’s recent claim on Fox News regarding his alleged ‘innocence’ during his high school years and lack of sexual activity. This claim is absolutely false and a lie. I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s,” she stated.

Avenatti revealed at the weekend that he was representing a women who was going to come forward to detail misconduct by Kavanaugh, and he sent pointed questions to the Senate that he said they should ask Kavanaugh, which included detailed references to gang rape at parties and young men lining up in a “train” to use a woman for sex.

“In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present. Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people. During this incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.”

Judge has disappeared from the public eye in recent weeks. However, the Washington Post tracked him down to a beach house in Bethany Beach, Maryland, where he was apparently staying with a friend.

“How’d you find me?” he told the newspaper’s reporter before declining to comment any further.

Swetnick, 55, has since 2009 been registered as the owner of the company International Building Solutions in Bethesda, Maryland, according to public records.

A 2007 report in a New Jersey newspaper, in which she was quoted as a member of the public preparing for that year’s Super Bowl, said she then worked for New York Life, the insurance company.

Swetnick registered as a nonaffiliated voter in Washington DC in 2014 and voted in the 2016 general election.Court filings in the capital say that she was chased by the IRS for about $40,000 outstanding federal taxes in October last year, but had paid the debt by March this year.

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-30 # godha 2018-09-26 13:48
That creepy porn lawyer avenatti is looking for a new assignment now that his lawsuit involving stormy daniels is going to be thrown out. He should be prosecuted for "ambulance chasing" and he should be disbarred by all the state boards.
+14 # LionMousePudding 2018-09-26 18:37
Which is 100% irrelevant to the facts at hand.
+12 # Texas Aggie 2018-09-26 22:09
Kavanaugh engaged in gang rapes and heavy drinking, in drugging women to be raped, but Avenatti is the creep. Some people have a difficult time with critical thinking.
+35 # librarian1984 2018-09-26 13:55
Holy shit. Kavanaugh makes Clarence Thomas look like a saint.

I guess now we know why Mark Judge doesn't want to testify.

If Republicans force Kavanaugh on to the Court, are they prepared for the interviews that these, and perhaps other women, will continue to give after he's seated?

No wonder people have lost faith in American institutions.
-13 # bardphile 2018-09-26 14:18
I tend to believe her, but I find Avenatti just a bit on the creepy side. He's jumping in with both feet, but it would be a disaster, to the resistance against Kavanaugh and to women's rights in general, if one of his clients turned out to be a flake.
+24 # LionMousePudding 2018-09-26 18:40
How on earth do you think a woman with so many security clearances is a fake? You are still giving Kavanaughs a-million-reaso ns-to-lie statements credence against what you have read about these women? How many women equal one man?
-1 # bardphile 2018-09-27 15:41
To clarify: I don't think she's flake, and didn't say so. It's Avenatti I'm nervous about.
+3 # lfeuille 2018-09-26 22:42
No it won't. And neither was Stormy. Most people believe her too.
+8 # Robbee 2018-09-26 14:42
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-25 09:24:
On the Chris Cuomo show, Avenatti issues this threat to Trump --

"So, let this be a warning to Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and other surrogates, including those on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will caution you, be very, very careful if you launch some smear campaign against my client, because you will be ultimately shown to be a fraud."

My bet is that Avenatti will be proven to be a fraud.

- (robbee also posted yesterday, 9/25) i'll take that bet!

moreover Avenatti is picking on punks!

dickhead is an adjudged con man!
midnight k is a senate perjurer, each hearing, times however many he’s testified!

these 2 dickheads found each other in some back alley!

the “suckers” are overripe! the “suckers” had Avenatti coming!
+21 # vt143 2018-09-26 15:26
...and the Judiciary Committee will not allow her to testify and and push through the vote after railroading Dr. Ford. Why isn't Mark Judge subpoenaed?? If this was a Democrat they would be riding their high horses rather than sticking their heads in the sand. And I thought I couldn't think less of our "government" than I already did. It's a joke.
+26 # franpryor 2018-09-26 16:59
Many thanks to the three brave women who have come forward with these reports. It takes a lot of courage to do this even though they were blameless victims. There must be more women who were assaulted at these drunken parties but are reluctant to come forward after knowing what Anita Hill was subjected to. I watched that whole Anita Hill fiasco and could not believe what they did to her. Almost thirty years later these same guys are running the show and the only difference is that they are older and creepier.
+14 # LionMousePudding 2018-09-26 18:41
Especially after seeing that Ford had to move due to doxxing and death threats. These wonderful women are martyrs to the cause and we should build statues of them.
+23 # Cassandra2013 2018-09-26 17:22
Repulsive sexual predators show a lack of character which does not just disappear with age --- Trump is s perfect example!! Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court!
-15 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-26 17:41
This article does not link to the actual full text of Julie Swetnick's sworn affidavit.

I don't think it is legally sworn since there is no witness to the signature and no record of a filing with a court. It can't be perjury if you tell a lie to your attorney, M. Avenutti. It is just a personal statement made to look like a sworn affidavit.

Everyone will have to read it to see if they believe it. The scenario is a little tough. Swetnick says she went to parties dominated by Kavanagh and his rape crew for three years when she was 16 - 18. She is three years older than Kavanaugh, so he was 14 - 17. He and Mark Judge were spiking punch with grain alcohol and drugs so they could gang rape girls. She continued this party going until she herself was gang raped.

She was gang raped at 18 by boys who were 15 and 16. She says she told two people, but did not report it to the police. I understand that very many women don't report and I understand the reasons for this. But such a gang rape would be the kind of thing someone would report. I also suspect the friends she told would have encouraged her to report.

And why did she continue going to the parties? Did her parents know what kind of parties she was attending?

I don't trust Avenutti at all. I know nothing about Julie Swetnick, but I don't find this plausible.
+17 # LionMousePudding 2018-09-26 18:46
Oh look, so many reasons not to believe the women! You are collecting misogynist points like charms on a bracelet! All you forgot is what she was wearing, but if you knew I am sure you would attach that charm too.

Did you even read the #WhyIDidntRepor t tweets? These things do NOT make liars out of women. They do NOT make women more "confused" or less relevant. How many people have to stand up?

Go ahead, guys, downvote me. I am used to it.
0 # lfeuille 2018-09-26 22:45
He lifts this stuff alt-right sites. I don't even think he bothers to consider whether it makes sense.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-27 07:40
Lion -- In my job until a few years ago, I was the person to whom sexual harassment/assa ult complaints were made. I dealt with a lot of them and I understood all of the complexities. I dealt with women who would talk for sometimes a year but never name the person at fault. They protected their attacker. I understood why.

This is not about that. The claims in this case are just not credible. Sometimes people do lie. This is such a case. Avenatti is the one pushing the lie. If you read the affidavit, it is very probably written by Avenatti.

I live close to where all this happened and I know many people who live there. It is not possible for a gang rape club to be active for three years, with gang rape parties every weekend and no one know anything about it. These are the original of the "helicopter parents." They watch over their kids like hawks. They promote their kids in every way. Parties every weekend for three years would mean possibly 100 girls gang raped. And no one found out for three years? Not likely in Bethesda. What houses were used? Were there no rumors? People do talk.

The story just does not ring true. It is not misogynist to say something is not plausible. In fact, it is misogynist to believe everything a person says just because she is a woman or claims to be a victim. You don't see how Avenatti is using this woman for his own ends. He's abusing her now.
+6 # librarian1984 2018-09-27 11:29
RR, you know I love you but it distresses me if you were the person adjudicating sexual complaints anywhere.

I hear what you're saying and I understand it logically but, with all due respect, you obviously do not understand women's experience or thinking.

Yes, it does not make sense that girls would frequent such parties but, amazingly, it is NOT as black and white as you think, either in motivation or experience, and ties in to fundamental misunderstandin gs between males and females, between predators and prey, between our young selves and our mature understanding of events.

Again, with all due respect, you would do better to listen and learn than to pass judgment at this point.
+5 # candida 2018-09-26 19:19
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
I don't find this plausible.

YOU are not plausible, Raskol.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-27 07:49
candida -- did you read the affidavit? Do you find it believable? If yes, can you explain why?