Just a few short months ago, the future was likely looking bright from the perspective of sleazy attorney Michael Avenatti — perhaps better known by the Tucker Carlson-coined moniker “Creepy Porn Lawyer” — who’d gained attention and fame among liberals, and infamy among conservatives, for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Donald Trump.
Indeed, Avenatti was made into a veritable superstar by the liberal media and was even rumored to be one of the many who would battle it out in the Democratic Party primary for the nomination to square off against Trump in the 2020 election.
But then Avenatti embroiled himself in the disgusting debacle that was the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, launching absurd and quickly debunked allegations against the then-nominee that accused him of being the ringleader of a purported “rape gang” that assaulted numerous young women while in high school in the 1980s … allegations that many on both sides view as the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of the Democrats’ effort to block Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the court.
Then, just weeks after that, a Los Angeles judge dismissed the defamation suit filed against Trump by Daniels and ordered Daniels and Avenatti to pay the legal fees of Trump’s attorneys in the matter.
Now it would appear that Avenatti’s once-promising entire world has begun to crumble around him.
The Law & Crime website reported that the law firm bearing Avenatti’s name — the Eagan Avenatti firm, named for Avenatti and former partner Michael Eagan — was just ordered evicted from its office space in Newport Beach, California, for failing to pay rent for at least four months.
A claim had been filed against the law firm for an estimated $213,253 in back rent for the 8,371-foot office space and three storage facilities, which were leased from a property management organization known as the Irvine Company.
It is unclear if Avenatti, Eagan or somebody else who may now be in control of the firm will ultimately be on the hook for the unpaid rent. Avenatti’s name still appears as part of the law firm that rented the office space, though it is unclear if his name is still on the lease.
The sleazy attorney has insisted he no longer has anything to do with the lease or the firm.
In response to questions about the eviction and who must pay the back rent on the lease, Avenatti told Law & Crime, “Garbage. Old news. I have no responsibility for anything relating to the lease and haven’t for some time.”
As if that news weren’t bad enough for Avenatti, it came right on the heels of a report by the Washington Free Beacon revealing that Avenatti had been living a life of luxury while he owed millions of dollars to the IRS and other people in the form of unpaid taxes and judgments against him.
Records showed that Avenatti owed the IRS at least $1.2 million in unpaid taxes. He also has unpaid corporate debt and has liens filed against him worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Furthermore, he has a $10 million judgment against him from a U.S. bankruptcy court stemming from his failure to make an initial payment on a $4.85 million settlement reached with a former employee of Eagan Avenatti, Jason Franks, which Avenatti had guaranteed at the time the settlement was reached.
The hilariously ironic part of all of this is that all of the grimy details of Avenatti’s living the high life while in debt millions of dollars was just recently exposed by the decidedly left-leaning The Daily Beast.
That life of luxury included living in a multi-million dollar home in Newport Beach, domestic and international travel via private jet and a massive collection of valuable art and exotic cars, among other extravagances.
The lengthy piece laid out how Avenatti was at least nominally on the hook for millions of dollars in unpaid judgments, rent and taxes, not only for the Eagan Avenatti law firm, but also for a now-defunct coffee chain known as Tulley’s that Avenatti once owned in Seattle.
The lawyer disputed virtually all of that in comments for the article, yet official records obtained by The Daily Beast would seem to suggest otherwise.
It isn’t hard to understand why there are some who suspect the piece from The Daily Beast was a form of payback from the left for messing up the Democrat-led political character assassination of Kavanaugh, which looked to be on the verge of succeeding until Avenatti introduced the ludicrous “gang rape” allegations that undermined the entire thing, galvanized Republican support for the embattled nominee and resulted in his being confirmed to the Supreme Court by the narrowest of margins.
Avenatti had all the appearances of being a rising star in the Democratic Party — a laughable yet fitting concept in and of itself — but those short-lived glory days may already be over as it sure looks like the left has abandoned him to reap the legal rewards of what he has sowed over the years: millions of dollars in debt and a reputation as an obnoxious loudmouth who talks a good game but fails to deliver.
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