Trump’s court pick ‘drugged women at parties’
A THIRD woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has come forward - alleging he drugged women at parties in the 1980s who were then gang raped.
The New York Post reports that in a signed declaration released this morning, a woman named Julie Swetnick says she knew Mr Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge during high school in 1981 and 1982 in suburban Maryland, during which time she alleges she saw them and their friend spike punch at house parties so that women who drank it could be "gang raped" by a "train" of 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," she writes.
She says she was the victims of one of these "train rapes" where Mr Judge and Mr Kavanaugh "were present" - and that other witnesses can verify what happened.
"During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking," she writes.
She also alleges that Mr Kavanaugh was verbally abusive to women when he got drunk at parties, and grabbed and fondled them without their consent.
"I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, 'grinding' against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls' clothing to expose private body parts," the declaration reads. "I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were designed to demean, humiliate and embarrass them."
Ms Swetnick said Mr Kavanaugh's claim of "innocence" and lack of sexual activity in high school was "absolutely false and a lie."
Mr Kavanaugh has denied the new allegations of sexual misconduct, saying they're from "Twilight Zone," and "never happened".
In testimony prepared for tomorrow's Senate hearing, Mr Kavanaugh decried sexual allegations against him as "last-minute smears" and denied that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone.
"I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now," he will say.
"I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr Ford describes," he will say. "I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr Ford. I am not questioning that Dr Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge."
It comes as Donald Trump dismissed the latest allegations as "false", taking aim at Ms Swetnick's "third-rate lawyer", Michael Avenatti, who is also representing porn star Stormy Daniels who is suing the president.
Ms Swetnick, who has worked extensively for the US federal government, is the third woman to come forward to accuse the judge of assaulting them in the 1980s.
It is a scandal that has tripped up what was expected to be an easy confirmation process for the conservative judge.
At a crunch Senate hearing tomorrow, California university professor Christine Blasey Ford will detail allegations that Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party when they were both teenagers.
Mr Kavanaugh also stands accused of exposing himself to a classmate, Deborah Ramirez, causing her to touch him without consent, during an alcohol-fueled Yale University party a few years later.
Mr Kavanaugh was handpicked by Donald Trump for the lifelong post on the Supreme Court, and has continued to enjoy the US president's steadfast support despite the allegations against him.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission