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Woman Accuses Kavanaugh of "Gang" Raping Women

Newsweek logo Newsweek 26/09/2018 Alexandra Hutzler

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A third woman is now accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, claiming the judge used to participate in "gang" or "train" rapes in high school.

Julie Swetnick, a client of Michael Avenatti, alleged that Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge and other boys used to spike the punch at house parties in order to cause women to lose their ability to "say 'no.'" The incidents happened during the years of 1981 and 1982, she said. 

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington © getty Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Swetnick said that she personally witnessed the efforts made by the boys 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." She added that she has a "firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms" waiting for their turn with the girls. "These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh," she said.

In 1982 Swetnick said she became a victim of one of these "gang" rapes. Kavanaugh and Judge were present during the incident, she claims. 

"During the incident, I was incapacitated without any consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged with Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking," she said. 

After the alleged rape, Swetnick said she confided in at least two people what had happened.

Avenatti made the allegations public Wednesday, posting the correspondence between him and Mike Davis on Twitter.

Avenatti revealed his client's identity in a Twitter post on Wednesday morning. In the post, the attorney wrote: "Here is a picture of my client Julie Swetnick. She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected." A headshot photo of Swetnick is included in the tweet.

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