The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, has found his own fame working the left-wing media circuit, being hosted on CNN 59 times in less than two months. But while Avenatti has been trying to claim moral high ground over Trump, a few skeletons in his own closet have come to light.
As it turns out, Avenatti owes $5 million in back taxes!
Not only that, but Michael Avenatti has come under fire for shady business dealings relating to a failing coffee chain his company purchased. After his investment firm bought Tully’s Coffee for $9.15 million, he has been named in over 50 state and federal complaints for a number of violations, including breach of lease actions and warrants for unpaid taxes.
A complaint filed with the California State Bar Association also states that Avenatti carried out an illegal “pump and dump” scheme using the firm that purchased the coffee chain. In that complaint, it also contends that Avenatti fleeced nearly $6 million in Federal and State tax withholdings from the paychecks of Tully’s employees, and fraudulently transferred $100,000 from the Tully’s operation to retain lawyers for an unrelated legal matter in California.
Troubles for Avenatti relating to this coffee venture go even further. After failing to pay $500,000 in licensing fees, Avenatti’s company lost the rights to use the name “Tully’s.” Since then, a number of the coffee shop’s locations have been evicted, including their corporate office.
This is the man that the Democrats are relying on to take down President Trump using the alleged Stormy Daniels payoff scheme, which has been largely discredited. It seems the case is going as well as Tully’s coffee is, with Stormy Daniels making appearances at strip clubs across the country.
Avenatti’s latest claim has to do with an alleged payment that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen received from a Russian oligarch. Cohen quickly fired back, stating that “his document is inaccurate,” which wouldn’t be surprising considering Avenatti’s history.