Kavanaugh accuser is a 'criminal' and should 'go to prison,' NC GOP leader says – News & Observer

The leader of North Carolina’s Republican Party says that one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct is a “criminal.”

This woman is a criminal,” N.C. Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse tweeted on Sunday, referring to Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of inappropriate behavior.

“One way or another,” he wrote. “She either was a part of some massive criminal conspiracy to facilitate child rape, as an adult. Or more likely, she lied to Congress and her attorney knew it. She should go to prison, period.”

Swetnick submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that said she saw Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.”

“I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, ‘grinding’ against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls’ clothing to expose private body parts,” Swetnick said in her statement.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims.

Swetnick said in the statement that she saw Kavanaugh at least 10 times “at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched, made ‘disoriented’ with alcohol or drugs and ‘gang raped,’” according to The New York TImes.

Swetnick said in the statement that she remembered seeing boys, including Kavanaugh, “lining up outside a bedroom where ‘numerous boys’ were ‘waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room,’’ among other accusations.

The Times was not able to independently corroborate Swenick’s claims.

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Swetnick also said in the statement that she was “the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”

Swetnick has said she would be willing to be interviewed by the FBI, the Associated Press reported.

Kavanaugh also has denied the claims by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

Ford, a UNC graduate, testified last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers at a party in suburban Maryland.

Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale University together.

The FBI has reopened Kavanaugh’s background investigation to look into some of the claims.


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Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

Woodhouse on Sunday followed up his original tweet with a second one, saying Kavanaugh should take legal action against Swetnick and Avenatti over the accusation.

“And Judge Kavanaugh should sue both the woman and her attorney, in civil court,” Woodhouse wrote.

“My stance is rape and sexual assault is a crime and should be treated as such, (by) trained law Enforcement,” Woodhouse tweeted when asked about his stance on sexual assault.

In an interview with The News & Observer Sunday, Woodhouse said, “We stand with sex assault victims 100 percent.” And on Twitter Sunday afternoon, he wrote that he commended Mecklenburg County’s GOP Vice Chair Sarah Reidy-Jones, who last week said she is a survivor of sexual assault, according to WBTV.

“However, this woman and her attorney are doing no favors to assault victims,” he said in an interview Sunday with The N&O. “To believe that a college adult would continue to go to child rape parties with minors and not do something about it would be a crime, and for hundreds of people to never talk about it would require an ongoing criminal conspiracy to keep it quiet.

“These things not only did not happen, they are impossible. So she needs to be prosecuted as a co-conspirator to child rape or for lying to Congress. Her attorney should also be held to account. Outrageous, impossible allegations greatly harm real victims who we stand with.”

The AP reported Sunday that Swetnick “has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application.”

Swetnick’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said her legal disputes “have no bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh,” the AP reported.

On Twitter, Avenatti wrote that he and Swetnick would “thoroughly enjoy” embarrassing Republicans on the Judiciary Committee this weekend “when her story is told and is deemed credible,” the AP reported.

Only about 310 of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police, according to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

RAINN notes many concerns survivors may have that could prevent them from reporting their assault. They include: knowing the perpetrator, fearing retaliation, believing police wouldn’t or couldn’t help, believing it was a personal matter, believing it’s not important enough to report, not wanting to get the perpetrator in trouble and worrying there is not enough physical evidence.

More than 99 percent of rapists do not go to jail or prison, and perpetrators of sexual violence less likely to go to prison than robbery suspects, according to RAINN.

If you or someone you know has been sexual assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to online.rainn.org.

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Stephen Colbert mocks Brett Kavanaugh's blistering Senate hearing: 'Please, save your indignation'

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  • Stephen Colbert on Thursday criticized the “indignation” of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s defense in his Senate hearing earlier that day, following Christine Blasey Ford’s sworn testimony that he sexually assaulted her.
  • “Please, save your indignation that, finally, someone is taking one woman’s accusation of sexual assault seriously,” Colbert said in his monologue.

Stephen Colbert on Thursday criticized the “indignation” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh showed in his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier that day, following the sworn testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault before the committee.

Colbert started his monologue by playing clips of conservative commentators on Fox News calling Ford’s testimony “very sympathetic,” “exceptionally credible,” and “a disaster for Republicans.”

The “Late Show” host then turned to Kavanaugh’s angry, impassioned defense of himself and attacks on the hearing’s process.

“Perhaps the Kavanaugh quote that sticks with me is his passionate condemnation of the hearing and its repercussions,” Colbert said.

“You sowed the wind for decades to come,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement at the hearing, in an extended condemnation of Democratic senators. “I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.”

“You really need a better weatherman,” Colbert said. “Because, let me tell you, brother, this is the whirlwind, and the wind was sown when Donald Trump had 19 credible allegations of sexual assault against him, bragged about sexual assault on tape.

“And your Republican buddies up on that committee said, ‘Yeah, but we want our guy on the Supreme Court’ — and that’s you, Brett. That doesn’t mean you’re guilty, but please, save your indignation that, finally, someone is taking one woman’s accusation of sexual assault seriously.”

The “Late Show” host then showed a clip of Kavanaugh saying at the hearing, “Today, I have to say, I fear for the future.”

“Hashtag #MeToo,” Colbert replied.

Watch the monologue below:

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'Criminal Minds' Executive Producer Erica Messer Teases a 'Season of Reflection' – TVInsider

Criminal Minds‘ Season 14 premiere is doubling as the series’ 300th episode and the importance of the occasion was not lost on executive producer Erica Messer, who also wrote the hour.

She tells TV Insider she was honored to helm the milestone and didn’t feel as much pressure as in previous seasons. She explains how she was sure to honor everyone in the episode — even some the “bad guys” who made their mark on the CBS series.

“It was a lot of fun,” she says of “300,” adding that she hopes fans who’ve stayed with the show will appreciate how it connects to past episodes.

Read the interview below to find out what else is in store for Season 14.

Episode 300, congrats! How does it feel? Did you ever think you’d make it to 14 seasons?

Erica Messer: No! I think it’s season by season, are we going to get another year? Anytime you reach a milestone like this, you think how did we get here? We just got here. How was it been 300 episodes?

I felt [the pressure] years ago when we had a lot of changes thrown our way early-on in the series and we just kept going. I thought ‘OK, wow, this show definitely has legs.’ But 300 episodes is just such a gigantic milestone. I don’t think any of us who started on the show in 2005 really looked to 2018 and thought, ‘Oh, we’ll still be together doing this show.’

Was it intimidating writing such an important episode?

Yeah, a little bit. It was a honor to write it, especially being about to delve into our show’s history and have characters — good guys and bad guys from the past — play a part in solving the present mystery. It was a lot of fun and something that I think was a nod to fans who have been watching us for this long.

Does Season 14 have an overarching theme?

I feel like it’s a season of reflection. Not just the show itself reflecting on its history but our characters. [They’re] having some struggles and looking into their past and their behaviors and really learning and growing from them. And we’re making an effort to do that with every character this year, which isn’t something we always get the chance to do.

I think with a 15-episode order we’ve really focused — we can do more in less time. It sounds weird but you can. The storytelling is different; it’s more concentrated and sometimes more intense.

Does having less episodes speed up those storylines?

A little bit. In a way like, ‘Wow, it’s 15 so we can let this character digest this and live with [trauma] for the first five episodes before we deal with it and it’s believable and still relevant.

Criminal Minds, Season 14 Premiere, Wednesday, October 3, 10/9c, CBS

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