New Kavanaugh accuser claims Supreme Court nominee aided in gang rapes

WASHINGTON — A woman came forward Wednesday with new allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing him of inappropriate behavior in high school that included drugging women in order to incapacitate the victims, enabling a "'train' of numerous boys" to then gang rape them.

Julie Swetnick has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. (Twitter/ @MichaelAvenatti)

The allegations come from Julie Swetnick, who is the third woman to publicly come forward with sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.

Her attorney Michael Avenatti provided a statement from his client to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In the statement, Swetnick said she attended "well over ten" parties where Kavanaugh was present and saw him "drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, 'grinding' against girls and attempting to remove or shift girls' clothing to expose private body parts."

Swetnick said the Supreme Court nominee would "spike" the "punch" served at these parties with drugs, "so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No.'"

"I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be 'gang raped' in a side room or bedroom by a 'train' of numerous boys. I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their 'turn' with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh."

Swetnick said she became the victim "of one of these 'gang' or 'train' rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present," but does not specifically implicate either men in the rape. The incident happened around 1982, she said.

Judge is an author and journalist who was accused of sexual assault by the first woman to come forward with claims against Kavanaugh.

CNN and the Associated Press have not yet been able to corroborate Swetnick's story.

In a statement Wednesday, Kavanaugh said: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don't know who this is and this never happened."

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, putting his nomination for the high court at risk. He and one of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify publicly Thursday before the Judiciary Committee.

The second accuser to come forward, Deborah Ramirez, is also willing to testify before the committee if asked, her lawyer tells the AP. However, the lawyer is unsure whether she would do it without an FBI investigation first.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his Supreme Court pick, and tweeted Wednesday that Avenatti "is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations."

The Associated Press, CNN and PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.

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