Dennis Ketterer, a former Democratic candidate for Congress and weatherman for WJLA Channel 7 in Washington, provided a signed statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee about Julie Swetnick who is the third woman to have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Ketterer said he had a relationship with Swetnick in the 1990s. His letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee provides exculpatory evidence against her claim.
Swetnick accused Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge of spiking the punch at parties to target girls for gang rapes. She alleges Kavanaugh and Judge were present at a party where she was the victim of gang rape. Kavanaugh and Judge both deny the allegation and knowledge of any such parties.
Recently, the Associated Press reported Swetnick has a history of legal disputes including one in 2000 with a former employer in Oregon.
In its civil complaint in a state court in Oregon, (Webtrends) said Swetnick, a software engineer, was an employee for a few weeks before its human resources department received a report that she had engaged in “unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” toward two male co-workers at a business lunch.
The lawsuit said that Swetnick
in turnaccused Webtrends of subjecting her to “physically and emotionally threatening and hostile conditions” and that she claimed that she’d been sexually harassed by four co-workers. The co-workers denied the allegations, the suit said.
Company officials later determined, the suit said, that Swetnick had provided false information on her employment application. The suit alleged that she had misrepresented the length of time she worked at a previous employer and falsely claimed that she’d earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.
In an interview with Kate Snow with NBC News, Swetnick contradicted her statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee through her attorney, potential Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti. In the interview, she was unclear about when she decided to come forward, Swetnick admitted she never saw Kavanaugh or Judge spike any punch bowl at parties, and only after her alleged gang rape did she, in hindsight, believe gang rapes occurred at parties she attended. (This interview is a topic of discussion on this week’s episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.)
Both the Wall Street Journal and NBC News were unable to corroborate Swetnick’s claims.
Ketterer in his letter alleges that Swetnick told him she enjoyed group sex, never said she was raped, and never mentioned Kavanaugh.
Below are some excerpts of the signed statement, which was provided to the committee under penalty of
“During a conversation about our sexual preferences, things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time. In fact sometimes with several at one time. She wanted to know if that would be ok in our relationship.
“I asked her if this was just a fantasy of hers. She responded that she first tried sex with multiple guys while in high school and still liked it from time-to-time. She brought it up because she wanted to know if I would be interested in that.”
“Julie never said anything about being sexually assaulted, raped, gang-raped or having sex against her will. She never mentioned Brett Kavanaugh in any capacity.”
“Because I had lost Julie’s number I called her father to get it. When I talked to him about possibly bringing her on to help with my campaign, he told me that she had psychological and other problems at the time.”
“I know what it’s like to be sexually assaulted and not be believed. I was 9 years old when it happened at the hands of my grandfather’s best friend.”
“My heart still feels heavy, for me as well as Julie and the Kavanaughs. That said, based on my direct experience with Julie, I do not believe her allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh.”
Read his full statement below: