Stormy Daniels lawyer threatens to sue Dennis Ketterer after KSL interview

Oct 4, 2018, 11:52 AM | Updated: 12:02 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Julie Swetnick in her sexual misconduct claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has threatened to sue Dennis Ketterer over statements he made during an exclusive interview on KSL Newsradio.

Ketterer appeared to KSL’s Dave & Dujanovic yesterday to discuss his allegation that Swetnick was a willing participant in an incident she has described as a “gang rape”.

KSL Newsradio provided Avenatti with a copy the interview and invited him to appear on the show to respond to Ketterer’s statements. Avenatti, instead, sent this response:

“Complete garbage. My client will be suing Mr. Ketterer for defamation for his bogus and outrageous statements.”

The Julie Swetnick controversy

Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh’s third accuser, claims that she was “gang raped” at a party at which Kavanaugh was present. (Michael Avenatti/Twitter)

Avenatti became a household name when he filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on behalf of adult film actress Stormy Daniels. In the lawsuit, Avenatti claimed President Trump had had an affair with Daniels in 2006.

His name made headlines again after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As the Senate appeared poised to confirm the nomination, several women came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his high school and college years.

Avenatti represented one of those women, Julie Swetnick. She offered an account of a college party, which she said Kavanaugh attended, at which she was “gang raped.”

Her story was challenged, however, by a man named Dennis Ketterer. Ketterer contacted Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and said he had been romantically involved with Swetnick years after the party in question. Ketterer did not believe Swetnick’s account, based his experiences with her.

He submitted his perspective in a signed statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Hatch, who is a member of the committee, publicly released excerpts from Ketterer’s statement on Twitter.

“Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time. … 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.

“Julie never said anything about being sexually assaulted, raped, gang-raped or having sex against her will. She never mentioned Brett Kavanaugh in any capacity.”


Ketterer speaks to KSL

Dennis Ketterer in a video resume. (Dennis Ketterer/YouTube)

KSL’s Dave & Dujanovic invited Ketterer onto the show to speak about the situation.

On the show, Ketterer said he’d come forward because he “had to do the right thing.” He said his conscience and the encouragement of his wife and church leaders drove him to share his statement.

When Dave & Dujanovic pushed him to provide evidence that could back up his story, Ketterer said “I guess I can’t prove that specific incidence.”

“Nobody knew what I was doing,” he said, explaining that his relationship with Swetnick had been an extra-martial affair carried out in secret. “There are no pictures, there are no restaurant receipts, because we didn’t go to one.”

Still, Ketterer said he had what he called “background evidence” proving he and Swetnick shared a relationship. He said he has not yet made this proof public over concern it might draw other people into the controversy.

Avenatti snaps back

Attorney Michael Avenatti talks to the media Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Houston.(Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)

KSL Newsradio also contacted Michael Avenatti for a response to Ketterer’s story. Avenatti declined an interview but instead provided the statement above, threatening to sue Ketterer for defamation.

Avenatti had previously criticized Ketterer on Twitter, demanding the FBI look into his statements.

Ketterer said he believes Avenatti is trying to “bully” him. He said he would welcome an FBI review.

More to the story

Listen to what Dave & Dujanovic’s full interview with Dennis Ketterer on the Dave & Dujanovic podcast.

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon on KSL Newsradio. Users can find the show on the KSL Newsradio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on Google Play Music

Today’s Top Stories

Dave & Dujanovic

In this Saturday, June 29, 2019, photo, Christy Belt, Timpanogos Academy 5th grade teacher, engages...
Curt Gresseth

Preparing and training for school emergencies

A Be Ready Utah expert discusses preparing for school emergencies, the need to have a plan ready and a list of items needed to safely handle disasters when they happen because they do.
3 days ago
File - Experts say parents should consider if Snapchat is right for children and teenagers due to i...
Curt Gresseth

Expert gives advice for parents on teens and new Snapchat controls

Parents need to know the dangers that Snapchat can present to young kids. An expert joins the show to discuss Snapchat's new parental controls and how to have an open conversation with a teen using the app and others like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
4 days ago
french fries are pictured. Inflation is raising lunch prices...
Samantha Herrera

Is inflation hurting your lunch plans?

High costs from inflation may be messing with your lunch. Some restaurants have had to raise prices to deal with high ingredient costs.
5 days ago
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Amie Schaeffer

Inflation Reduction Act would provide nearly $80 billion for IRS

The Inflation Reduction Act would provide almost $80 billion in funding to the IRS, but what would it be used for?
5 days ago
Welcome sign to Moab. A Moab concert series will happen this year....
Allie Litzinger

New ordinance introduced to help in tight housing market in Moab

In an effort to fight a tight Moab housing market, the city has introduced a new ordinance that requires one-third of any new developments be set aside for current employees.
11 days ago
Native American regalia...
Curt Gresseth

U. of U. to offer scholarships to Indigenous students in Utah

The University of Utah announced that scholarships will be offered to members of Utah's eight federally recognized tribes. The university president shares details of the program with Dave & Dujanovic.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Stormy Daniels lawyer threatens to sue Dennis Ketterer after KSL interview