(EDITOR’S NOTE, 9/26/18, 3:58 PM: The headline for this article has been changed from “Julie Swetnick Says Brett Kavanaugh Drugged and Gang Raped Her at a High School Party” to “Julie Swetnick Says Brett Kavanaugh Present at House Party Where She Was Gang Raped,” and the first paragraph was amended to say Kavanaugh was present at the party in question.)
(TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains a disturbing depiction of a woman being gang raped.)
Julie Swetnick is the third woman to publicly come forward and accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Swetnick stated under penalty of perjury that Kavanaugh was one of several boys present at a 1982 party where she was gang raped.
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), tweeted a photo of Swetnick Wednesday morning, as well as a sworn declaration she gave under penalty of perjury describing how Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge, and several other boys gang raped her while she was passed out at a high school party.
“During the years 1981-1982, I became aware of efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to ‘spike’ the ‘punch’ at house parties I attended with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘no,’ ” Swetnick stated on the sworn declaration. “I also 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.”
“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. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” she continued.
The most disturbing part of Swetnick’s sworn declaration, however, is at the end, in which she describes how she ended up getting gang raped at another house party.
“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 the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.”
A screenshot of the declaration was included in a tweet, along with screenshots of emails Avenatti sent to a Senate Judiciary Committee staffer asking for an FBI investigation into his client’s allegations. The first email was sent on Monday, and the second was sent on Wednesday. It appears that, as of this writing, there has been no response to Avenatti’s inquiry.
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. as it turns out, has already been thoroughly vetted by the federal government, saying in the sworn declaration that she has an active security clearance for work at the Department of Treasury, the U.S. Mint, and the Internal Revenue Service. She also has an inactive security clearance for work she did with the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection.
Brett Kavanaugh is due to testify Thursday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — a graduate of the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland — who says Kavanaugh held her down and tried to rape her at a house party when the two were high school students. There have not yet been any hearings scheduled for Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a Yale University dorm room party, or for Swetnick.
As of this writing, Kavanaugh has not responded to Swetnick’s allegation. He has, however, flatly denied the allegations by Dr. Ford and Ramirez.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.