Michael Avenatti threatens to sue reporters who write about his legal and business failings

Michael Avenatti threatens to sue reporters who write about his legal and business failings
Michael Avenatti (Image: YouTube screen grab via The View)

As noted yesterday, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, thrives on all the public attention he is receiving — so long as the source of it is televised interviews with his pals at CNN who have granted him 59 separate appearances or articles by mainstream media sources that stroke his ego.

When the spotlight trained on him and his shady past business dealings is at the hands of conservative commentators, he’s far less enthusiastic about the coverage.

So much so that he has threatened to sue reporters at one outlet, The Daily Caller News Foundation, for telling the truth about his record as an attorney and business partner.

In an email to the DCNF’s Peter Hasson, Avenatti wrote:

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Let me be clear. If you and your colleagues do not stop with the hit pieces that are full of lies and defamatory statements, I will have no choice but to sue each of you and your publication for defamation.

During that process, we will expose your publication for what it truly is. We will also recover significant damages against each of you that participated personally. So if I were you, I would tell Mr. Trump to find someone else to fabricate things about me.

If you think I’m kidding, you really don’t know anything about me. This is the last warning.

Avenatti is either blowing smoke or, worse for an attorney, is ignorant of the law. Describing his past business practices, including accusations by past business associates of his refusal to pay bills he owes, are covered by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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