The ex-boyfriend of Julie Swetnick, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of participating in a "gang rape" ring in the early 1980s, filed a restraining order against her in 2001 for issuing multiple threats against him after their four-year relationship came to a halt.
According to Politico, a Miami-Dade County court docket shows "a petition for injunction against Swetnick was filed March 1, 2001, by her former boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy." The case was dismissed 13 days later "not long after an affidavit of non-ability to advance fees was filed."
Vinneccy, a 63-year-old registered Democrat, claims that Swetnick threatened him multiple times after they broke up, persisting even after he married his current wife, with whom he had a child.
"Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at that time," Vinneccy told Politico. "I know a lot about her.”
"She’s not credible at all," he said. "Not at all."
Julie Swetnick claims that she attended as many as 10 parties in the early-'80s at which women were allegedly drugged with spiked drinks and then raped by scores of unnamed prep school boys. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were allegedly "present" at these parties; Swetnick does not claim Kavanaugh assaulted her or participated in the gang rapes. She also claims this happened between 1980-1981 during which she would have been a college student. Kavanaugh would have been 15 or 16 at the time.
Vinneccy does not believe a word of Swetnick's story and told Politico that he has "a lot of facts" to back his claims against her. "I have a lot of facts, evidence, that what she’s saying is not true at all," he said.
Swetnick's attorney, Michael Avenatti, told the outlet he knew nothing about this restraining order, despite having claimed publicly to have vetted her extensively. In his response, he characterized Politico's inquiry as "attacking a sexual assault victim."
"Complete nonsense. No truth to this at all. Her ex-boyfriend fraudulently used her resume to apply for and obtain jobs and was caught by her," said Avenatti. "Why are you all attacking a sexual assault victim? Would that be appropriate in a court of law?"
"I am disgusted by the fact that the press is attacking a sexual assault victim," he added.
Vinneccy understood the sensitive nature of the current case due to the underlying politics and wanted to speak with an attorney before any further discussions.