Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick faced personal misconduct allegations at previous job with tech firm: reports
The third woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct faced "inappropriate conduct" allegations of her own during her short employment with an Oregon tech firm, according to reports.
In a lawsuit filed in 2000, Portland-based Webtrends alleged that Julie Swetnick, 55, falsely claimed to be a Johns Hopkins University alum and fabricated her prior operate expertise, the Oregonian reported.
The business voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit following a month.
Swetnick&rsquos attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the case &ldquocompletely bogus.&rdquo
&ldquoThis lawsuit never had any merit as evidenced by how swiftly it was dismissed," Avenatti told the paper in an e mail. "It was initially filed in retaliation for my client creating claims against the organization."
Swetnick worked for the company off-internet site for a few months in 2000 as a skilled solutions engineer, according to the paper.
Allegations laid out against her in the lawsuit incorporate engaging in unwelcome sexually offensive conduct and making false and retaliatory allegations that other co-workers had engaged in inappropriate conduct toward her.
The suit claimed Swetnick engaged in unwelcome sexual innuendo with two male workers at a company lunch with clients present and that she claimed two other co-workers sexually harassed her.
Webtrends, a net analytics company, determined Swetnick acted inappropriately but could not prove the allegations against her co-workers.
&ldquoBased on its investigations, Webtrends determined that Swetnick had engaged in inappropriate conduct, but that no corroborating evidence existed to assistance Swetnick&rsquos allegations against her coworkers,&rdquo the complaint mentioned.
&ldquoBased on its investigations, Webtrends determined that Swetnick had engaged in inappropriate conduct, but that no corroborating proof existed to support Swetnick&rsquos allegations against her coworkers.&rdquo
The Daily Caller reported that Swetnick took a leave of absence in the course of her employment for sinus troubles in July 2000 and was given brief-term disability payments.
A single week soon after the payments stopped in mid-August, Webtrends received a note from Swetnick&rsquos medical professional claiming she suffered a nervous breakdown and necessary to take yet another leave of absence.
Weeks later, the firm was informed that she had applied for unemployment rewards in Washington, D.C.
She in no way explained to Webtrends’ human sources staff why she applied for the positive aspects and claimed they had illegally tried to obtain her privileged health-related info.
In 2001, following her employment with the firm ended, Swetnick&rsquos ex-boyfriend filed a restraining order against her in Florida, Politico reported.
Richard Vinneccy claimed that Swetnick threatened him and his household following he ended their four-year connection.
&ldquoShe was threatening my loved ones, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at that time,&rdquo Vinneccy told Politico.
"I know a lot about her. She&rsquos not credible at all,&rdquo he mentioned. &ldquoNot at all.&rdquo
Avenatti named Vinneccy&rsquos assertions against his client &ldquocomplete nonsense,&rdquo according to the report.
"No truth to this at all," he stated.
Swetnick became the third females to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. In a sworn statement to a judge, she said Kavanaugh was &ldquoverbally abusive toward girls,&rdquo a &ldquomean drunk&rdquo and would &ldquospike&rdquo the punch at higher school house parties.
Swetnick added that she remembered seeing Kavanaugh and other boys lined up outdoors a space at a celebration, waiting for their &ldquoturn&rdquo with an inebriated girl.
&ldquoIn around 1982, I became the victim of one of these &lsquogang&rsquo or &lsquotrain&rsquo rapes exactly where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh had been present,&rdquo Swetnick says in her statement, even though she didn’t explicitly accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her. &ldquoDuring the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I think I was drugged using Quaaludes or one thing similar placed in what I was drinking.&rdquo
On Thursday the White Residence instructed the FBI to question two women who have alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But the parameters of the new and limited FBI probe don&rsquot incorporate interviewing Swetnick, according to a report on Saturday in the Wall Street Journal.
Fox News’ Jeffrey Rubin contributed to this story.
Published at Sun, 30 Sep 2018 06:15:00 +0000