Noted porn lawyer and Democratic Party presidential candidate Michael Avenatti is representing Julie Swetnick, the third woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Avenatti made a huge deal of bringing Swetnick forward to tell her story of being gang raped in college while Kavanaugh was present.
But Avenatti and Swetnick failed to mention a small detail of her past. She was sued by her former employer, WebTrends out of Seattle, for engaging in “unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct” toward two male co-workers. They also sued Swetnick for defamation after she accused the same co-workers of sexual harassment and then withdrew the accusation.
What a piece of work.
WebTrends voluntarily dismissed its suit after one month. Avenatti told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the case was ended because it was “completely bogus.”
Swetnick’s alleged conduct took place in June 2000, just three weeks after she started working at WebTrends, the complaint shows. WebTrends conducted an investigation that found both male employees gave similar accounts of Swetnick engaging in “unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct” toward them during a business lunch in front of customers, the complaint said.
Swetnick denied the allegations and, WebTrends alleged, “in a transparent effort to divert attention from her own inappropriate behavior … [made] false and retaliatory allegations” of sexual harassment against two other male co-workers.
“Based on its investigations, WebTrends determined that Swetnick had engaged in inappropriate conduct, but that no corroborating evidence existed to support Swetnick’s allegations against her coworkers,” the complaint said.
After a WebTrends human resources director informed Swetnick that the company was unable to corroborate the sexual harassment allegations she had made, she “remarkably” walked back the allegations, according to the complaint.
Of course, this doesn’t make any other sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh less likely to be true. But it does point to the fallacy of believing every woman who comes forward with a story of sexual harassment or assault without any evidence or corroboration, which is exactly what Democrats and the #MeToo movement demand.
“Due process” was created for exactly these situations. If courts have been referred to as a “crucible” where fact is separated from fiction and all that’s left is the truth, then the demands of Democrats to believe anyone and everyone who has a complaint against Kavanaugh are exposed as the politically motivated witch hunt that they represent.
The Salem witch trials were models of judicial excellence compared to what’s being perpetrated in Washington.