According to Florida court records, the third woman to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Julie Swetnick, was once accused of domestic violence by a former lover in 2011. Richard Vinneccy said that he had Swetnick had a relationship for four years before they broke up. According to Politico, Vinneccy said that Swetnick threatened violence against him and his family members. A restraining order was filed against Swetnick on March 1, 2001, in Miami-Dade, Florida, and was dismissed two weeks later.

Vinneccy said he has evidence that may put Swetnick’s claim about Kavanaugh into doubt. “I have a lot of facts, evidence, that what she’s saying is not true at all,” he said. “I would rather speak to my attorney first before saying more.”

“Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at that time,” Vinneccy recalled. “I know a lot about her.” In reference to her allegation that Kavanaugh was “present” while she was gang-raped more than 30 years ago, Vinneccy said, “She’s not credible at all.” He added, “Not at all.” 

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Swetnick, said he was unaware of the allegations against his client. “Complete nonsense. No truth to this at all. Her ex-boyfriend fraudulently used her resume to apply for and obtain jobs and was caught by her,” said Avenatti. “Why are you all attacking a sexual assault victim? Would that be appropriate in a court of law?”
When asked if Swetnick had once been served with a restraining order, Avenatti said he was unaware of it. He said that the question was “outrageous.”

Appearing on The View, Avenatti refused to answer when asked on The View if Swetnick had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. This came moments after he publicized his client’s claims that Kavanaugh had been “present” during her gang rape decades ago. 

“Did he do anything to this particular woman, Julie Swetnick, or is she alleging that she has just seen him be aggressive with other women?” show co-host Sunny Hostin asked. Avenatti answered, “Well I think the allegations, Sunny, if you read further in the declaration, are far more specific relating to Brett Kavanaugh’s conduct, including the attempts to drug women by placing grain alcohol or drugs in the punch at these parties. Many of these women ended up gang raped unfortunately.” 

Avenatti responded said, “The details in this declaration are specific, they are shocking, but above all else they are true. My client stands behind them 100 percent and she’s looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with one or more FBI agents hopefully and describe what happened. And she’s also prepared to testify if she’s permitted to do so to the U.S. Senate.” 

Avenatti tweeted on Wednesday a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that asked that Swetnick’s allegations be investigated by the FBI. Avenatti is also of counsel to Stormy Daniels, a stripper who has alleged that she had a sexual affair with Donald Trump before his election. 

Swetnick says that she participated in parties hosted by Kavanaugh and companions when she was a high school student in the 1980s in the Washington, D.C. area. She claims that she saw Kavanaugh “grinding” on girls without their consent and being sexually aggressive with them. Swetnick has not alleged that she saw Kavanaugh participate in gang rape. However, she alleges that she saw him outside a room where she believed a sexual assault was taking place. She, like Christine Blasey Ford -- the first of the accusers to come out against Kavanaugh -- claims that Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, was “present” when she was sexually assaulted at one such party. No record has emerged that she ever made a police report about the alleged attacks. No corroborating witnesses have come forth.
 

 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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