After being accused of being “present” at multiple parties where women were gang-raped while he was in high school, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh released the following denial:
"This is ridiculous and from The Twilight Zone," Kavanaugh said in a statement. "I don’t know who this is and this never happened."
On Wednesday morning, attorney Michael Avenatti finally made good on his promise of a third accuser against the judge. While he had teased that he had proof Kavanaugh himself participated in gang-rapes, the sworn statement he released says Kavanaugh was “present” when these alleged incidents took place, and dodged questions regarding whether Kavanaugh actually raped or harassed the new accuser, Julie Swetnick.
Swetnick, in her statement, said she witnessed Kavanaugh and his classmate and friend, Mark Judge, acting “aggressive” toward women at parties after drinking heavily, and said the two would “spike the punch” at parties to lower women’s resistance to rape. She also claimed men would line up outside rooms for their “turn” with a woman.
Swetnick says she was the victim of one such gang-rape.
An attorney representing Judge told NBC that his client “vehemently denies Ms. Swetnick’s allegations.”
Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judicial Committee on Thursday regarding previous accusations leveled against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed in a locked room, tried to remove her bathing suit, and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.