A third woman has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
Her claims further inflame an already contentious Senate confirmation process. Kavanaugh immediately denied the allegation.
The woman, Julie Swetnick, detailed her allegation in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A Republican-led panel is set to hold a high-stakes hearing in which Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of a sexual assault in 1982, will testify on Thursday.
“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”
In her statement, Swetnick said she attended more than 10 house parties in the Washington area from 1981 to 1983 where Kavanaugh was present. She described gang rapes she said occurred in which boys would line up to rape incapacitated girls.
“In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present,” she said, mentioning the name of a close friend of Kavanaugh. She did not identify her attackers and did not accuse Kavanaugh of taking part.