Julie Swetnick backs off sexual misconduct allegations in interview

October 2, 2018

Julie Swetnick, the third woman to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, backed off some of those claims in a television interview that aired Tuesday night.

NBC, which interviewed her, also said none of the four people she said would corroborate her story have done so. Two didn’t respond to the network’s requests for comment, one had died and the fourth said he didn’t remember Ms. Swetnick and didn’t think they socialized. They also noted her claims differed from the ones made in her sworn affidavit before airing the interview.

In a sworn declaration last week Ms. Swetnick said Judge Kavanaugh, as a high school student in the early 1980s, was “present” when she was a victim of a “train” rape. She went further and claimed to witness the two boys purposefully “spiking” drinks to get girls drunk enough for these rapes to occur.

In the NBC interview, though, she said only that she saw Judge Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, hanging around punch containers and giving out cups to girls, but noted she did not know what he may have done.

She also now says she doesn’t know if he was part of the gang rape she says she suffered but she still suspects him.

“I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones that assaulted me,” she said, “but earlier at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there, I saw Mark Judge there.”

When asked if he was involved with the any alleged gang rapes, Ms. Swetnick said it was “too coincidental” to think otherwise.

Judge Kavanaugh strongly denied Ms. Swetnick’s allegations, calling them a “joke” and something from the “Twilight Zone.” Mr. Judge has also denied the accusations.

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. Both Ms. Swetnick and her lawyer Michael Avenatti, who also presents porn star Stormy Daniels, have dismissed the reports and said the lawsuits were a farce.

Ms. Swetnick told NBC she talked about the attack with her mother and with a Montgomery County police officer. Both her mother and the officer she named to NBC are dead, and the network said the county told her it could take up to 30 days to respond to a request for any records.

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