Julie Swetnick Didn't Accuse Kavanaugh Outright in New Interview
Julie Swetnick sat down with Kate Snow in what everyone thought would be a bombshell interview. Instead, Swetnick, who is represented by Michael Avenatti, said that she wasn't completely sure that it was Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted her back in the '80s.
What Swetnick did confirm, however, was that she survived a gang rape at a party that Kavanaugh attended. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he denied the accusations, which Swetnick offered while she was under oath. She added that "he is an admitted blackout drunk and drug addict." She offered more details during the interview, explaining who she saw and what she endured.
"I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me," Swetnick told Snow. "But, before this happened to me, at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there, I saw Mark Judge, and they were hanging out about where I started to feel disoriented and where the room was and where the other boys were hanging out and laughing."
In her statement, Swetnick claimed that Kavanaugh "consistently engage(d) in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s."
Before the interview aired, Snow cautioned the audience. She stated that she and NBC were simply reporting on Swetnick's claims and that a large number of people had worked on the story.
"NBC News, for the record, has not been able to independently verify her claims. There are things she told us on camera that differ from her written statements last week," Snow said. After the interview concluded, she gave Ari Melber another disclaimer: "We're not discounting what she said in any way."