A third woman came forward this week to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually predatory behavior. The events detailed in her signed affidavit appear to line up with events shown on Kavanaugh’s personal calendars from the time.
In a sworn declaration shared by her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, the woman, Julie Swetnick, said she was “gang” or “train” raped at a party where Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge, and a number of other boys were present. She said she believed she was drugged.
Swetnick said she had previously become aware of efforts by the boys — Judge and Kavanaugh included — “to ‘spike’ the ‘punch’ at house parties…with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.'”
She did not directly implicate Judge or Kavanaugh in the rape.
Below is my correspondence to Mr. Davis of moments ago, together with a sworn declaration from my client. We demand an immediate FBI investigation into the allegations. Under no circumstances should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed absent a full and complete investigation. pic.twitter.com/QHbHBbbfbE
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
Swetnick’s allegations come just days after two other women spoke publicly in interview with The Washington Post and The New Yorker alleging misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Post Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party in 1982. She says Kavanaugh forced himself on her, groped her over her clothes, and tried to pull off her clothing. When she tried to scream, he then covered her mouth with his hand.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she said.
Kavanaugh later said he was never at a party like the one Ford described, and he showed the Times calendars from 1982 that he said proved his innocence. Of course, as many people noted, it’s unlikely a teenager would mark down alcohol-fueled house parties on their calendar and the calendars do not disprove Ford’s allegation.
But the calendars may be more important than initially thought.
In her declaration, Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave aggressively toward women at a number of parties, including “grinding” on them without their consent, attempting to remove or shift their clothing to expose private body parts, and making crude, sexual comments “designed to demean, humiliate, and embarrass” them.
Swetnick also said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a “mean drunk.”
The statement goes on to say, “I have been told by other women that this conduct also occurred during the Summer months in Ocean City, Maryland, on numerous occasions. I also witnessed such conduct on one occasion in Ocean City, Maryland, during ‘Beach Week.'”
While attending house parties at Beach Week does not categorically prove any wrongdoing, Kavanaugh does have the phrase “Beach Week” clearly outlined on his calendar from 1982 — parts of which CNN released parts Wednesday — as well as several mentions of “parties” with friends.
It’s unclear whether those parties were the same ones or within the vicinity of the ones mentioned by Swetnick in her affidavit.
Swetnick’s declaration comes just three days after a second accuser came forward, telling The New Yorker that, at a party in college, Kavanaugh thrust his penis to her face against her wishes.
“Brett was laughing,” the woman, Deborah Ramirez, told the magazine. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”
Despite the allegations against him, Republicans intend to rush a vote to confirm Kavanaugh this Friday. Ford will testify under oath Thursday and plans to detail the allegations of attempted rape she first gave to the Post.