One of the women who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct from over 30 years ago allegedly has an extensive history of making sexual misconduct claims in the workplace and has lied about her background to employers.
Julie Swetnick, who is represented by sensationalist Democratic lawyer Michael Avenatti, faced serious allegations of misconduct in a lawsuit brought by Portland-based Webtrends, a company where she was employed for a few months in 2000.
Webtrends said in the lawsuit that Swetnick claimed that she graduated from Johns Hopkins University and that the company subsequently learned that the university had no records of her ever attending, and that she also made false claims about her work experience. OregonLive reports:
The suit also alleges Swetnick “engaged in unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct” while at Webtrends and “made false and retaliatory allegations that other co-workers had engaged in inappropriate conduct toward her.”
The suit alleges Swetnick “engaged in unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” directed at two male employees during a business lunch, with Webtrends customers present. Swetnick claimed two other employees had sexually harassed her, according to the suit.
The tech company said that Swetnick engaged in misconduct but never found any evidence to corroborate any of the allegations she made against her coworkers.
Webtrends also said that Swetnick had taken a medical leave of absence while simultaneously collecting unemployment benefits in Washington, D.C. The company added that she threatened legal action against the company over her unsubstantiated claims of workplace harassment.
This is only the latest accusation that has been made public about Swetnick that raises serious concerns about her credibility as a witness against Kavanaugh.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Swetnick sued New York Life Insurance Co. over a sexual misconduct claim using a law firm run by Debra Katz, the lawyer who is representing Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s other accusers.
Politico also reported last week that Swetnick, who has had her fair share of problems with the IRS, had a restraining order filed against her by her ex-boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, who said, “She’s not credible at all. Not at all.”
Swetnick claimed that Kavanaugh participated in a gang-rape ring that ran trains on drugged girls at parties while he was a sophomore in high school and that she, as an adult in college, attended around ten of these parties with high schoolers and that she never reported the alleged crimes that were being committed against the minors.
Avenatti responded to the allegations against his client in the OregonLive report as being “Complete bogus.”