In her first public interview, the woman who claims she was assaulted at “gang rape” parties attended by Brett Kavanaugh now admits she cannot say whether he ever actually assaulted her.
Before having to go on-camera, Julie Swetnick made claims that insinuated that Kavanaugh may have spiked punch at parties she attended and even participated in gang rapes.
The revelation comes as new questions are being raised about the credibility of the accuser, Julie Swetnick. Reports have revealed that her former employer sued her for making false claims of sexual harassment after she was fired for sexual misconduct on the job.
In the interview, with Kate Snow of NBC News, Swetnick admits that as a college student, she went to several high school parties, and claims to have seen Kavanaugh at one in which she was drugged and gang raped. “What happened to me is probably the most horrendous, awful thing that could happen to any human being,” she said. “My body was violated. My soul was broken. I was not able to have somebody stop when I said ‘no, stop.’ I felt like somebody took me and basically said you’re worthless.”
She then admits that she never actually remembers Kavanaugh assaulting her. “I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me,” she said in the interview. “But before this happened to me, at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there. I saw Mark Judge there. And they were hanging about the area where I started to feel disoriented and where the room was, and where the other boys were hanging out. And laughing. I could hear them laughing and laughing.”
Swetnick asserts that Kavanaugh’s mere presence at the party is enough to disqualify him from the Supreme Court. “It’s very hard for me to talk about this, but it’s important that somebody says something,” she said. “Because if Brett Kavanaugh was one of those people that did this to me, there is no way in the world that he should go scot-free on this, and that he should be on the Supreme Court. It’s just unthinkable to me. If he does, there’s no justice in the world.”
Kavanaugh has denied vehemently ever being present at the party. Swetnick claims she went to several parties in which these activities occurred, and provided four names to the media who she says corroborate her story. NBC News, however, states that one of the persons is dead, another denied any knowledge of the incident, and two others refuse to comment.
As we have previously reported, Swetnick’s past behavior and credibility is now being called into question. After taking a job at a company called WebTrends in the 1990s, Swetnick was accused of engaging in aggressive sexual harassment of two male employees. When faced with the allegations, she instead accused the two employees of harassing her. When the company confronted her about her allegations, she walked them back.
Shortly there after, she took a leave of absence for medical issues, and then stopped showing up for work. She did, however, continue to claim benefits like a full-time employee, until she filed for unemployment benefits. Her employer then sued her over her actions.
“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.
Even Chris Cuomo of CNN directly questioned Swetnick’s attorney, Michael Avanatti, over her credibility questions.
Here is the full interview with Julie Swetnick and NBC News’ Kate Snow.
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