One of the women accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh was once sued by her former employer for making “false and retaliatory allegations” of sexual harassment against two male co-workers.
Julie Swetnick claims Kavanaugh was at a party where she was gang-raped. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.
Swetnick is represented by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels. In recent days, however, Swetnick’s credibility and honesty has been called into question over numerous instances from her past.
Perhaps the most damning accusations came from Julie Swetick’s former employer, WebTrends, who fired her in 2000 for making “unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct” against two make co-workers.
After being fired, she accused the male co-workers of sexual harassment. WebTrends then filed suit against Swetnick, stating her claims were false and retaliation for her firing.
WebTrends later dismissed the case, but it is not clear why.
It was also revealed that Julie Swetnick lied in her resume, claiming she had a degree from John Hopkins University. There is no record of her graduating from the university, however.
WebTrends, a web analytics company headquartered in Portland, filed the defamation and fraud lawsuit against Swetnick in Oregon in November 2000.
Swetnick alleged Wednesday that she was gang raped at a party where Kavanaugh was present in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.
Swetnick’s alleged conduct took place in June 2000, just three weeks after she started working at WebTrends, the complaint shows. WebTrends conducted an investigation that found both male employees gave similar accounts of Swetnick engaging in “unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” toward them during a business lunch in front of customers, the complaint said.
Swetnick denied the allegations and, WebTrends alleged, “in a transparent effort to divert attention from her own inappropriate behavior … [made] false and retaliatory allegations” of sexual harassment against two other male co-workers.
“Based on its investigations, WebTrends determined that Swetnick had engaged in inappropriate conduct, but that no corroborating evidence existed to support Swetnick’s allegations against her coworkers,” the complaint said.
After a WebTrends human resources director informed Swetnick that the company was unable to corroborate the sexual harassment allegations she had made, she “remarkably” walked back the allegations, according to the complaint.
In July, one month after the alleged incident, Swetnick took a leave of absence from the company for sinus issues, according to the complaint. WebTrends said it made short-term disability payments to her until mid-August that year. One week after the payments stopped, WebTrends received a note from Swetnick’s doctor claiming she needed a leave of absence for a “nervous breakdown.”
The company said it continued to provide health insurance coverage for Swetnick, despite her refusal provide any additional information about her alleged medical condition.
In November, the company’s human resources director received a notice from the Washington, D.C. Department of Unemployment that Swetnick had applied for unemployment benefits after claiming she left WebTrends voluntarily in late September.
“In short, Swetnick continued to claim the benefits of a full-time employee of WebTrends, sought disability payments from WebTrends’ insurance carrier and falsely claimed unemployment insurance payments from the District of Columbia,” the complaint states.
Swetnick allegedly hung up the phone on WebTrends managers calling to discuss why she applied for unemployment benefits, according to the complaint. She then sent letters to WebTrends’ upper management, detailing new allegations that two male co-workers sexually harassed her and said that the company’s human resources director had “illegally tired [sic] for months to get privileged medical information” from her, her doctor and her insurance company.
Julie Swetnick has also been accused of making threats against a former boyfriend, who had a restraining order filed against her.
In March 2001, three months after WebTrends dismissed its action, Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, filed a restraining order against Swetnick, claiming that she threatened him after he ended their four-year relationship.
“She’s not credible,” Vinneccy told Politico. “Not at all.”
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