‘Hell of a coincidence’: Turns out, 2 of Kavanaugh’s accusers have something very ‘interesting’ in common

It seems when it comes to those accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, it is indeed a small world.

According to Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal, Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh’s third accuser,  Julie Swetnick have a little more in common than just their allegations.

Swetnick’s name surfaced Wednesday as Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, announced his new client who claims she was a victim of gang rape at a 1982 party where Brett Kavanaugh was present.

The Supreme Court nominee denied the new allegations in a statement released by the White House Wednesday.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he said. “I don’t know who this is, and this never happened.”

In a report for The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday, Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha found that more than ten years ago, Swetnick received a financial settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against New York Life Insurance, her former employer.

The firm run by Debra Katz, the attorney who now represents Ford, represented Swetnick in that complaint.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Swetnick’s online resume indicates she has worked as a web developer and has subcontracted for government agencies including those in the U.S. Treasury and State Departments.

The report said:

Ms. Swetnick, who Mr. Avenatti said approached him about a month ago with her allegations, has little online presence. A registered voter in Washington, she isn’t affiliated with any political party. Federal Election Commission records show no donations by her to federal candidates. She has had a hunting license in Montana, according to public records, and was for years a resident of Bethesda, Md., where she listed a business in 2009 called International Building Solutions.

Public records reveal a handful of instances in which Ms. Swetnick filed complaints against others, or been the subject of them. Mr. Avenatti didn’t respond to a request for comment.

 

Those cases included a 1993 criminal harassment complaint in Maryland against a podiatrist and a 2001 domestic-violence case in Florida where Swetnick’s former boyfriend filed a restraining order against her, alleging she threatened him following a break-up after a four-year relationship.

The Journal report also revealed run-ins with tax authorities for unpaid taxes in 2015 and 2017.

As Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the new allegations by Swetnick were attacked by Kavanaugh and dozens of his classmates who came forward with letter saying they never even heard of Swetnick.

Trump attacked Avenatti hours after he posted Swetnick’s sworn declaration, calling him a “third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham found Swetnick’s claims hard to believe.

Many others on Twitter reacted to the connection between Kavanaugh’s accusers.

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