Julie Swetnick Didn't Accuse Kavanaugh Outright in New Interview

The Kavanaugh resistance crew is starting to fall apart


Julie Swetnick, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of drugging women and participating in gang rapes in the 1980s, backtracked on some claims in a new interview.

"In it, she alleged that she attended numerous parties in the 1980s at which she saw the high-school age Kavanaugh "engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls", "grind" on girls", drink excessively", and "spike" the "punch" with alcohol or drugs.

"During a conversation about our sexual preferences, things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time".

"My body was violated My soul was broken ..." I felt like somebody took me and basically said, 'You're worthless. And if we can't confirm it, we tell you.

Unlike with the other accusers, whose claims are now the subject of an FBI investigation as the Senate considers Kavanaugh's nomination, Republicans have dismissed Swetnick's allegations, in large part because of Avenatti's involvement. In the interview, Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh standing near the punch but didn't see him or friend Mark Judge spike it.

He said that the Kavanaugh accuser represented by Avenatti, Julie Swetnick, "couldn't [be] shielded" by NBC News' interview earlier this week.

The author of the letter says he mistook Julie Swetnick for a prostitute, learned she has a "penchant" for group sex and that her dad said she has mental issues.

Swetnick was ripped apart on Twitter for her "exaggerations".

Some of the details in this interview are different from what she said last week. A fourth told NBC News he didn't remember Swetnick and didn't think he'd socialized with her.

"She said she had done that back in high school, and still did that from time to time". He said he was approached by Swetnick at a bar in 1993, when he was having marital problems with his now ex-wife, and initially mistook her for a prostitute.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims regarding him made by Swetnick and other women, characterizing some of the allegations as a "joke" and a "farce". Lying in a sworn affidavit is considered perjury, and carries a penalty of up to five years' imprisonment, depending on the jurisdiction. In an interview with The Washington Post, Swetnick's father was quoted as saying that "she bootstrapped herself and became a computer expert".

Reports have come forward highlighting Ms. Swetnick's past with legal disputes, including a dismissed lawsuit from a former employer and a restraining order from her ex-husband that was not approved.

Swetnik has also been accused of threatening to kill the unborn child of her ex boyfriend.

She said she was attacked around 1982 after feeling ill, being "shoved into a room" and then being raped by more than one man.

Michael Avenatti dismissed his client's legal history as "hearsay" and "irrelevant", and offered his client's willingness to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as proof of her honesty. And the vagueness of Swetnick's story means there's actual years of reports they need to look through.

Swetnick's attorney, Michael Avenatti did not respond to TPM's inquiry. He denies all claims of misconduct. "She brought it up because she wanted to know if I would be interested in that". Swetnick said on Monday, "He's a liar".

Kavanaugh's nomination process has been paused while the FBI investigates the claims, including interviewing Ramirez.

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