Third woman comes forward with disturbing allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

Julie Swetnick alleges that Kavanaugh was there when she was “gang raped” at a party in 1982.

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The weight of accusations against Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh got even heavier on Wednesday as a third woman came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Julie Swetnick says that she saw Kavanaugh drinking at house parties and described “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls” by him.

Incredibly disturbingly, she also alleges that Kavanaugh and his friends often tried to get girls drunk so that they could “gang rape” them. She says that she was the victim herself of this practice at a party in 1982 and that Kavanaugh was present.

Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward with accusations about Kavanaugh, is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow. On Sunday, a New Yorker article came out in which a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, joined Ford in accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh denies all of the allegations, saying in testimony released by the committee that he is the victim of a campaign of “grotesque and obvious character assassination.” On Wednesday he said in a statement that the new allegations from Swetnick were “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.”

Swetnick is represented by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents Stormy Daniels, the porn star who Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen paid $130,000 for her silence over an alleged affair with the then-presidential candidate.

It is not yet clear what this means for the prospect of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Avenatti, along with Senate Democrats, are calling for the new accusations to be investigated by the FBI. But Senator Chuck Grassley, the chair of the committee, is saying that Thursday’s hearing, at which both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify, will still go ahead as planned.

Trump struck out at Avenatti, who has become something of a nemesis for the president, in a tweet on Wednesday, saying “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. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships - a total low-life!”

Nicky Woolf was the launch editor for New Statesman America and has formerly written for the Guardian and the New Statesman. He tweets @NickyWoolf.

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