Michael Avenatti said Wednesday that Julie Swetnick, a Washington, D.C., resident, is his client who is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, marking the third woman to come forward with claims against the Supreme Court nominee in just over a week.
Avenatti, who also represents the adult film star Stormy Daniels, said in a tweet Sunday that he had a new client with “credible information” regarding Kavanaugh and his friend from high school, Mark Judge.
I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 23, 2018
If Brett Kavanaugh has nothing to hide and claims all of this is a smear campaign than why doesn’t he call his good friend Mark Judge to testify publicly before the Committee? Why isn’t he pushing for Mark Judge to appear? What is he hiding? #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 24, 2018
Here is a picture of my client Julie Swetnick. She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected. pic.twitter.com/auuSeHm5s0
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
However, he said his client was not Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the judge. Ramirez, in an interview with The New Yorker that was published Sunday, claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face during a party when they were both students at Yale University in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the claims.
Avenatti leveled a separate, shocking allegation against Kavanaugh on Twitter late Sunday, showing what appeared to be a screenshot of an email he sent to the chief counsel for nominations to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the message, the attorney said he claimed to have evidence that Kavanaugh and Judge participated in the “targeting” of women at house parties with “alcohol/drugs.” Avenatti has repeatedly called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn.
“We don’t need to be putting someone like that on Supreme Court for life,” he said during remarks at a launch party for newly formed political action committee “OMG WTF” on Thursday in Los Angeles. “When you talk about the U.S. Supreme Court you are effectively talking about nine kings who have a tremendous amount of power,” Avenatti added. “In fact, many would argue, including me, that they have more power than any president does.”