Julie Swetnick, the Kavanaugh accuser represented by sensationalist lawyer Michael Avenatti, changed parts of her story during an interview with NBC News that aired on Monday, appearing to walk back some of her most explosive claims about the Supreme Court nominee.
NBC News’ Kate Snow noted that the network could not verify any of Swetnick’s salacious claims before she highlighted how Swetnick’s claims during the interview varied from her written declaration.
Swetnick had claimed that she “became aware of efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh, and others to ‘spike’ the ‘punch’ at house parties” she attended.
Snow noted that in the NBC News interview, Swetnick claimed that she saw them near the punch but did not actually see them “spike” the punch with alcohol.
NBC News also noted that Swetnick appeared to change her initial statement about Kavanaugh being involved in gang rapes. Swetnick initially claimed: “I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others 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. I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
However, in the interview with NBC News, Swetnick said they did not stand in lines but “huddled by doors,” and that she “didn’t understand what it could possibly be.”
Swetnick said that she had no idea what the boys were doing outside the doors until she claims she was raped, and then in hindsight claimed that it was “just too coincidental.”
Swetnick’s credibility has come into question amid recent reports concerning multiple unsubstantiated sexual misconduct claims she’s made against employers, one of which has accused her of lying about her education and workplace experience. In the interview, she dismissed a Politico report detailing claims by her ex-boyfriend, who filed a restraining order against her in 2001 after he said she threatened him and his family.