By Steve Eder, Jim Rutenberg and Rebecca R. Ruiz
Judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused Wednesday by another woman of having engaged in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s.
The allegation came from Julie Swetnick, 55, who like Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in the Washington suburbs. In a statement posted on Twitter by her lawyer, Swetnick said she observed the Supreme Court nominee at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched and “gang raped.”
She said she witnessed Kavanaugh participating in some of the misconduct, including lining up outside a bedroom where “numerous boys” were “waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room.” Swetnick said she was raped at one of the parties and she believed she had been drugged.
None of Swetnick’s claims could be independently corroborated by The New York Times, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, declined to make her available for an interview.
Avenatti, who rose to fame after his representation of Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels who took on President Donald Trump, had been using his Twitter account for days to promote what he said would be explosive allegations against Kavanaugh.
In a brief interview, Avenatti said that he had corroborating witnesses who could back up Swetnick’s accounts, but was not ready to present them as he waited to see if the Senate Judiciary Committee would launch a full investigation into her claims as he demanded, along with an FBI inquiry.
Avenatti also said that he was waiting to hear back from the committee before making Swetnick available for interviews.
Swetnick’s allegations come days after Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed herself to her during a drinking party while they were students at Yale University.
It also comes as Kavanaugh is on the verge of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an allegation made earlier this month by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Blasey, who is sometimes known by her married name, Ford, is also expected to testify.