A woman alleged in a sworn declaration Wednesday that she witnessed efforts by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and others in the early 1980s to spike drinks and “cause girls to become inebriated” so they could be assaulted. The woman, Julie Swetnick, also alleged that in 1981-82 she was a victim of a gang rape at a party at which Mr. Kavanaugh was present.
The new allegations were made public the day before a pivotal hearing on Capitol Hill that could determine whether Judge Kavanaugh has enough votes in the Senate to be confirmed to the high court.
In a statement released by the White House on Wednesday, Judge Kavanaugh called the allegations “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.” Of Ms. Swetnick, he said: “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.” Mr. Judge’s lawyer denied the allegations.
Ms. Swetnick said she attended more than 10 house parties in the Washington area between 1981 and 1983 with Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge, where she watched them “drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls” and grabbing them “without their consent.”
She said that in 1982, she was drugged and raped by a group of boys and that Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge were present. Ms. Swetnick doesn’t allege that Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge engaged in the rape but said they were “present” when she was victimized.
Ms. Swetnick’s declaration was made public in a tweet by attorney Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who also represents Stephanie Clifford. Clifford is the former adult-film star whom a lawyer for President Trump paid in October 2016 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.
The allegations throw Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process into further disarray, coming a day before a landmark Senate hearing that was set to feature Judge Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault, which he denies.
The Senate Judiciary Committee said its lawyers were “in the process” of reviewing Ms. Swetnick’s declaration, which it said Mr. Avenatti provided to the committee Wednesday morning.