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Kavanaugh Accuser Has Interesting Legal History

Julie Swetnick has been involved in at least 6 legal disputes since 1993
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2018 10:40 AM CDT
This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti via Twitter, Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2018.   (Michael Avenatti via AP)

(Newser) – Julie Swetnick is no stranger to legal battles. Brett Kavanaugh's third accuser (see her accusations here) has been involved in at least six since 1993, the AP reports. A previous employer, Oregon-based Webtrends, sued her in 2000 for allegedly lying on a job application after she traded back-and-forth sexual misconduct accusations with employees. She also sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in 1994, claiming lost earnings after injuring her nose in a fall, but one person named as a possible employer denies planning to hire her and another later took out a restraining order against her. It seems neither case led to anything. Swetnick lawyer Michael Avenatti dismisses concerns about the lawsuits, saying he "fully vetted" her before going public with the Kavanaugh claims. In related news:

  • Midterm rage: Partisan outrage over the Kavanaugh hearings is spilling into the midterms, giving GOP Senate challengers in pro-Trump states (like Indiana and West Virginia) a chance to fire up conservatives, the Washington Post reports. But it also threatens to further damage House Republicans in moderate suburban areas like the 33rd Congressional District near Austin.

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