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NBC Can't Verify Swetnick Claims, One Witness Dead

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Monday, 01 October 2018 09:43 PM

Julie Swetnick, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of drugging women and participating in gang rapes in the 1980s, backtracked on some claims in a new interview.

In a sit-down with NBC News reporter Kate Snow, aired Monday on MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber," Swetnick said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge attended a party where she, then 19, was drugged and gang-raped.

Swetnick, who is represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, did not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her, but initially claimed she witnessed him participate in gang rapes and she saw him spiking the punch container at the party where she was attacked.

"He was very aggressive, very sloppy, mean drunk," she told Snow. "I saw him go up to girls and paw on them, try to, you know, get a little too handsy, touching them in private parts. I saw him try to shift clothing."

She added later, "I saw him push girls up against walls. He would pretend to stumble into them. He would push his body against them, grope them."

But she said she only speculated Kavanaugh and Judge participated in the kind of gang-rape to which she says she was subjected.

She said she saw Kavanaugh and Judge standing outside a door "with other boys."

"You think he was involved in this behavior?" Snow asked her.

"I would say yes," she responded. "It's just too coincidental."

She also said she did not see Kavanaugh actually spike any drinks at the party.

"I saw him giving red cups to quite a few girls during that time frame," she said, adding, "I saw him around the punch containers. I don't know what he did."

Swetnick said she contacted police and told her mother about her attack. Swetnick's mother has since died, and one of the officers she said she spoke with is also deceased, Snow reported. The Montgomery County, Maryland, police verified the officer worked there at the time, but that copies of records would take up to a month to produce.

Swetnick also provided NBC News with four names of Kavanaugh friends whom she said attended the parties with him; one says he does not recall a Julie Swetnick, another is deceased, and two others did not return calls, Snow reported.

At Kavanaugh's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he called Swetnick's allegations "a joke."

"He's a liar," Swetnick responded to NBC News.

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