WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hit back on Wednesday, calling new allegations set forth against him by a third alleged victim “ridiculous”.
Julie Swetnick, a former student at a Maryland high school, alleged through a statement released by her attorney, Michael Avenatti, that Kavanaugh was present during a party at which she was gang-raped by a group of boys.
“I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s,” Swetnick says in her statement, which she signed under penalty of perjury.
In the affidavit, Avenatti further claims that Kavanaugh and several of his friends would “spike” the drinks of girls at house parties with grain alcohol and/or drugs to “cause girls to lose inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’”
Swetnick said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge intentionally took part in incapacitating the girls so they “could then be ‘gang-raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.” She said “I became the victim” of one such rape “where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”
“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”
He told Fox News earlier this week that “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”
In a letter to Judiciary Committee leaders made public after a second accuser came forth with claims of sexual misconduct, Kavanaugh vowed not to withdraw his nomination.
“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter to put Swetnick’s attorney, Michael Avenatti on blast.
“Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” the president tweeted. “He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships – a total low-life!”