In September 2018, as the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court was being evaluated in the Senate, two women accused him of inappropriate sexual conduct while in high school or college. Avenatti then announced that he had a client who made additional allegations against Kavanaugh, as both a witness and a victim of his inappropriate behavior, and that she would soon come forward publicly.  On September 25, the woman was publicly identified by Avenatti as Julie Swetnick, a resident of Washington, D. C. and a 1980 graduate of Gaithersburg High School in Maryland. Swetnick claimed in a sworn affidavit, signed under penalty of perjury, that Kavanaugh, as a high school student in the early 1980s, drank excessively and engaged in physically aggressive behavior toward girls. She said he was present at parties where girls were drugged and gang raped and that he participated in those activities. Swetnick also claims that she was gang raped at a party where Kavanaugh was present, although he did not personally participate in the attack.  Kavanaugh retorted, "I don't know who this is and this never happened. " September 26 the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Grassley requesting "[i]n light of shocking new allegations detailed by Julie Swetnick" that the vote be immediately canceled and that Grassley should support either the reopening of the FBI investigation or the withdrawal of Kavanaugh's nomination.  In an NBC interview, Swetnick provided the names of four friends who went to the parties with her – however, one is deceased and another did not know her.