The unconfirmed allegation was made public on the eve of the long-awaited hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee involving Kavanaugh and another accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a California college professor.
Avenatti’s client Julie Swetnick says she observed Kavanaugh as a “mean drunk” harassing women at parties, including at “Beach Week” in Maryland.
The Republican committee staff also said that they will do a follow-up interview with Kavanaugh Wednesday. That delay and the lack of evidence to support the allegations is raising suspicions voiced Tuesday by President Donald Trump, who accused Democrats of using the women in a “con job” created to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation past the November midterm election – or kill it outright. Nor does she allege that Kavanaugh ever sexually assaulted her in any other instance.
Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said warned that his fellow panel members may “have to be prepared for the possibility, indeed the likelihood, that there will be no definitive answers to the very large questions before us” following Thursday’s hearing. Feinstein had been aware of the allegations since July.
She said she’s received calls from people who went to high school with Kavanaugh and “no one remembers seeing her at any of the parties they attended”.
And according to all four, she either named Kavanaugh as the assailant or described the attacker as a “federal judge”. She estimates that she attended “well over ten house parties” from 1981 to 1983 where both were present.
KTVU emailed Kavanaugh’s attorneys on Wednesday and did not immediately hear back.
“I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were created to demean, humiliate and embarrass them”, she said.
In the intervening years, Swetnick has mostly remained in the Washington area, where she has worked as a web and information technologist. She detailed the account to a therapist in a marriage counseling session in 2012, although she did not specifically name Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh previously has denied these allegations after Avenatti first revealed some of the details earlier this week. No additional witnesses have been identified or come forward yet. She recalled to the New Yorker that another male student shouted about the incident.
CNN and the Associated Press have not yet been able to corroborate Swetnick’s story.
Her claims come on the eve of another Kavanaugh accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify that the SCOTUS nominee allegedly held her down and grinded on her during another high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual misconduct and claims to have been a virgin in high school.
Julie Swetnick has a pretty serious background and I have a hard time believing she’d lie in a sworn affidavit. She adds that she subsequently told “at least two other people” what happened.
She said at some parties boys lined up by a bedroom to assault incapacitated girls.