Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has “an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes," the Associated Press reported.
What are the allegations?
One lawsuit alleges that 18 years ago, while she worked at the Portland tech company Webtrends, Swetnik "engaged in unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct" and "made false and retaliatory allegations that other co-workers had engaged in inappropriate conduct toward her," the Oregonian reported.
Webtrends also alleged that she falsified her college and work history on her job application, according to reports.
The Associated Press reported it reviewed court records that show Swetnick was involved in at least six legal cases over the past 25 years. In one example, Swetnick filed a personal injury suit against the Washington, D.C. transit authority in 1994.
Swetnick's personal injury lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Maryland claimed she "lost more than $420,000 in earnings after she hurt her nose in a fall on a train in 1992," the report states.
In court records, Swetnick, described herself as a model and actor. She also said she had “numerous modeling commitments” with several companies she couldn't do because of the accident, the report states.
Swetnick’s lawsuit against the transit agency was dismissed in 1997, following a settlement, the Associated Press reported.
Swetnick’s attorney Michael Avenatti, told the Associated Press the previous court cases are not relevant do not reduce the credibility of her claims against Kavanaugh. He said the suit by the ex-employer, for example, was dismissed “almost immediately.”
Avenatti is a strong critic of President Donald Trump and represents Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who claims to have had an affair with the president before he took office.
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"In the suit, Webtrends alleged Swetnick threatened legal action against the company over her own harassment claims," The Oregonian reported. "The lawsuit claimed that act defamed the business and sought at least $150,000 on behalf of an employee that Swetnick had allegedly made false statements about."
Avenatti told the news outlet he "fully vetted” Swetnick before helping her go public with her claims against Kavanaugh.
He released a sworn statement by Swetnick that alleges she saw Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.”
The statement also says Swetnick was sexually assaulted at a party attended by some of Kavanaugh’s acquaintances. She did not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulted her in the statement, which was given to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Two other women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual abuse.
College professor Christine Blasey Ford testified against Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Some of Kavanaugh’s strongest supporters, including Trump, have called her credible.
Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a wild party while they were students at Yale University. Ramirez’s friends and colleagues described her as a quiet person who advocates for needy families and domestic violence victims, according to the report.
Kavanaugh has denied all of the claims, and called some of the allegations a “joke” and a “farce.”
Meanwhile, Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct an updated background check on Kavanaugh. The investigation is expected to be completed within one week.