Julie Swetnick, one of many ladies who has publicly accused Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an intensive historical past of involvement in authorized disputes, together with a lawsuit during which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her faculty and work historical past on her job utility.
Authorized paperwork from Maryland, Oregon and Florida present a partial image of a girl who stepped into the media glare amid the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination for the nation’s highest court docket.
Courtroom data reviewed by The Related Press present Swetnick has been concerned in at the least six authorized circumstances over the previous 25 years. Together with the lawsuit filed by a former employer in November 2000, the circumstances embrace a private harm swimsuit she filed in 1994 in opposition to the Washington, D.C., regional transit authority.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, instructed the AP that court docket circumstances involving her don’t have any bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh. Avenatti mentioned the swimsuit from her ex-employer – it was dismissed a month after it was filed – was “fully bogus, which is why it was dismissed nearly instantly.”
He instructed AP that he “absolutely vetted” Swetnick earlier than serving to her take her claims in opposition to Kavanaugh public.
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Avenatti launched a sworn assertion by Swetnick this previous week during which she says she witnessed Kavanaugh “constantly have interaction in extreme ingesting and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with ladies within the early 1980s.” Within the assertion, which was offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Swetnick mentioned she had been sexually assaulted at a celebration attended by members of Kavanaugh’s social circle, however didn’t accuse him of assaulting her. Two different ladies have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually abusing them.
A type of ladies, Christine Blasey Ford, appeared earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to supply emotional testimony that even Kavanaugh’s most ardent backers, together with Trump, mentioned they discovered credible. One other girl, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her throughout a drunken get together when each had been college students at Yale College. Buddies and colleagues of Ramirez describe her as a quiet one that has devoted herself to being an advocate for needy households and survivors of home violence.
Swetnick was the third named Kavanaugh accuser to emerge, when Avenatti launched particulars of her accusations on Twitter on the eve of Ford’s testimony.
Kavanaugh has denied the claims concerning him made by Swetnick and different ladies, characterizing a few of the allegations as a “joke” and a “farce.”
Ann Simonton, a nationally acknowledged advocate for rape survivors and director of Media Watch, a media literacy group, cautioned that many sexual abuse survivors encounter chaos and bother later in life – issues can tarnish a survivor’s picture however don’t essentially communicate to the legitimacy of the underlying abuse allegations. “This kind of trauma will impression your every day life eternally,” she mentioned.
Swetnick, who’s from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., has mentioned she is keen to be interviewed by both Congress or the FBI. On Twitter, Avenatti wrote that he and Swetnick would “completely take pleasure in” embarrassing Republicans on the Judiciary Committee this weekend “when her story is instructed and is deemed credible.” Swetnick has taped an interview with “The Circus,” a political program that’s a part of Showtime’s Sunday lineup.
Some particulars of the authorized disputes she’s been concerned in aren’t recognized, as a result of paperwork within the circumstances are incomplete or not obtainable. Information within the lawsuit filed in late 2000 by her ex-employer, Oregon-based software program firm Webtrends, don’t point out why it was dismissed. Avenatti mentioned there was a settlement within the case however no cash modified palms.
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In its civil grievance in a state court docket in Oregon, the corporate mentioned Swetnick, a software program engineer, was an worker for just a few weeks earlier than its human sources division obtained a report that she had engaged in “unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” towards two male co-workers at a enterprise lunch.
The lawsuit mentioned that Swetnick in flip accused Webtrends of subjecting her to “bodily and emotionally threatening and hostile circumstances” and that she claimed that she’d been sexually harassed by 4 co-workers. The co-workers denied the allegations, the swimsuit mentioned.
Firm officers later decided, the swimsuit mentioned, that Swetnick had offered false info on her employment utility. The swimsuit alleged that she had misrepresented the size of time she labored at a earlier employer and falsely claimed that she’d earned an undergraduate diploma in biology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins College.
Her lawyer, Avenatti, mentioned that “whether or not she has a university diploma or not doesn’t matter as as to whether she is a sexual assault sufferer.”
Helene Moglen, Swetnick’s aunt, instructed AP this week that her niece went off to varsity however rapidly moved again house. In an interview with The Washington Publish, Swetnick’s father was quoted as saying that “she bootstrapped herself and have become a pc knowledgeable. She’s a pointy girl.”
Not one of the executives named within the lawsuit nonetheless works at Webtrends. Calls and emails to the corporate’s Portland headquarters looking for remark obtained no response. The lawyer who represented the corporate within the lawsuit additionally didn’t return messages looking for touch upon Thursday and Friday.
Swetnick was on the opposite aspect of a civil case in 1994, as a plaintiff, when she filed a private harm lawsuit in Maryland in opposition to the Washington Metropolitan Space Transit Authority. She claimed she misplaced greater than $420,000 in earnings after she damage her nostril in a fall on a practice in 1992.
Swetnick, who described herself in court docket data as a mannequin and actor, claimed she had “quite a few modeling commitments” with a number of corporations on the time of the accident however missed out them due to her accidents.
To help her declare for misplaced wages, Swetnick named “Konam Studios” as one of many corporations promising to make use of her. A court docket submitting recognized Nam Ko, a consultant of “Kunam Studios,” as a doable plaintiff’s witness for her case.
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Ko, nonetheless, instructed AP on Friday that he was only a buddy of Swetnick’s and that he had by no means owned an organization with a reputation spelled both approach and had by no means agreed to pay her cash for any work earlier than she injured her nostril. He mentioned he first met Swetnick at a bar greater than a 12 months after her alleged accident.
“I didn’t have any a reimbursement then. I (was) broke as might be,” Ko mentioned.
Ko mentioned he has a hazy reminiscence of Swetnick asking to make use of him as a “character reference” however doesn’t recall listening to about her lawsuit.
“I assumed it was for a job utility,” he mentioned.
In reply to questions in regards to the swimsuit, Avenatti mentioned: “That is all rumour. … None of that is related, not one bit.”
The paperwork filed within the swimsuit features a letter addressed to Swetnick’s lawyer from Richard Zamora, who’s recognized as a advertising govt from a San Jose, California-based firm referred to as Fiber Signal Inc. Within the letter, dated March 1994, Zamora mentioned the corporate had been ready to rent Swetnick as a mannequin and spokeswoman and pay her a $60,000 base wage however supplied the job to another person after studying of her accident.
Zamora later requested a court docket in Florida for a restraining order in opposition to Swetnick. The remaining court docket data don’t present the explanations he gave for asking for the restraining order, however point out that the case was dropped lower than two weeks later when neither get together appeared in court docket.
Zamora, who now goes by Richard Vinneccy, declined to remark to AP this week in regards to the letter or the character of the connection he’d had with Swetnick.
Avenatti mentioned the request for a restraining order was “nonsense.”
Courtroom data present Swetnick’s lawsuit in opposition to the transit company was dismissed in 1997 after a settlement was reached. Vincent Jankoski, one of many attorneys who defended the company, mentioned the case was resolved with out paying Swetnick any cash after she failed to offer documentation supporting her lost-wage claims.