A man who says he had a relationship with Julie Swetnick in 1993 characterized her as psychologically troubled and possessing a “penchant” for group sex. Dennis Ketterer wrote this in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Ketterer said he is “not proud” of his relationship with Swetnick and had not previously disclosed it to his family or wife, but felt the need to inform the committee of his opinion of her allegations based on his experience with her. “I do not believe her allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh,” he wrote in the conclusion of the letter, dated Tuesday.
Swetnick has accused Kavanaugh of planning parties with his friends where girls were given spiked alcoholic punch then targeted for group sex and gang rape. She has not accused Kavanaugh of raping her, but says she was gang raped at one of these parties where he was present.
Kavanaugh has firmly denied all allegations against him, and called her charge against him “a joke” in testimony before the Senate last week. Swetnick has been criticized for hiring Michael Avennatti, the Democratic political opportunist who took up onscreen prostitute Stormy Daniel’s case against President Trump.
Ketterer described himself as a former meteorologist in Washington D.C. and a church member. He said he was approached by Swetnick at a bar in 1993, when he was having marital problems with his now ex-wife, and initially mistook her for a prostitute.
As I sat alone at the end of the bar, Julie approached me. She was alone, quite beautiful, well-dressed and no drink in hand. Consequently, my initial thought was that she might be a high end call girl because at the time I weighed 350 lbs so what would someone like her want with me? But there was no conversation about exchanging sex for money so I decided to talk with her for a few minutes. I had never been hit on in a bar before.
The two of them met up over a few weeks, and had physical contact, but did not have sex, according to Ketterer, who said she knew he was married. He said he decided to end things when they had a conversation about sexual preferences.
Things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time. In fact sometimes with several at one time. She wanted to know if that would ok in our relationship. I asked her if this was just a fantasy of hers. She responded that she first tried sex with multiple guys while in high school and still liked it from time-to-time. She brought it up because she wanted to know if I would be interested in that.
A.I.D.S. was a huge issue at the time. And I had children. Due to her having a directly stated penchant for group sex, I decided not to see her anymore. It put my head back on straight. That was the last conversation we had.
Ketterer goes on to say Swetnick never told him of any sexual assault or gang rape, nor mentioned Kavanaugh. A few years later, he ran for Congress in Maryland as a Democrat, and attempted to hire Swetnick for his campaign. He said he lost her number, so he called her father, who told him she had “psychological and other problems” at that time.
“When I talked to him about possibly bringing her on to help with my campaign, he told me that she had psychological and other problems at the time,” he wrote. “When I asked he would not go into detail and said that I wouldn’t want her to work on my campaign. His response was rather abrupt. He hung up on me.”
He concluded his letter by explaining his decision to go public with his account, which involved telling his current wife and talking to church leaders about what to do. He ended up reaching out to Sen. Orrin Hatch through a church leader, the day before Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate.
“As I watched part of the afternoon confirmation hearing the next day, and saw Mrs. Kavanaugh looking so sad I felt that she needed to know that in this instance, her husband was being mischaracterized,” he wrote.