The MSM has embraced Stormy Daniels’ attorney like he was a long lost member of the family due to the fact that he is so willing to say something bashing Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen.
Michael Avenatti has made a litany of allegations towards the two of them that aren’t true, like saying that Cohen was wiretapped by the FBI and saying Cohen made payments to other companies that were in fact coincidentally made by other people also named Michael Cohen.
He also somehow acquired Michael Cohen’s private financial records and the Treasury Department is now investigating that improper leak.
But while he’s busy accusing others of shady dealings, it seems his own past leaves a lot to be desired.
From Biz Pac Review: Avenatti’s past is littered with lawsuits, jilted business partners and bankruptcy filings. People who have worked with the lawyer described him to The DCNF as ruthless, greedy and unbothered by ethical questions.
Dillanos Coffee CEO David Morris claimed last Tuesday that Avenatti never paid him for over $160,000 worth of coffee that Dillanos supplied to Avenatti’s company. “So @StormyDaniels hot-shot lawyer Michael owes my small company @Dillanos $160,179 for coffee,” Morris wrote on Twitter. “He talks a big talk about integrity. We trusted him.”
“Michael Avenatti owned Tully’s coffee. They were a large chain of coffee shops. We are a wholesale roaster. We supplied his coffee. The $160,000 represented only a few weeks worth of beans. We cut him off when he wouldn’t pay, he had to close,” Morris explained in a subsequent tweet.
The Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday interviewed Avenatti over the phone on several topics including Morris’s accusations, which Avenatti denied. “I don’t owe Dillanos coffee anything. I personally don’t owe them anything,” he said. “So that’s nonsense.”
But after all that broke on social media, obviously, Avenatti was trying to clear up the mess so it wouldn’t hurt him now. Morris announced that he had come to an ‘arrangement’ with Avenatti about the debt.
That wasn’t the only problem he had with Tully’s.
He had entered into the business with ‘McDreamy’ actor, Patrick Dempsey, buying Tully’s through a parent company, Global Baristas LLC.
But Dempsey found out that the relationship was not so dreamy, suing Avenatti just 10 weeks after they started.
“My decision to become a member and manager of Global Baristas was based, in part, on Michael Avenatti’s representation that he would provide both the capital to fund the entire Tully’s acquisition and sufficient working capital to allow Global Baristas to operate the Tully’s Coffee stores once the acquisition was completed,” Dempsey said in an August 20, 2013, affidavit.
“Michael Avenatti never notified me that he intended to have or caused Global Baristas to borrow $2,000,000 for working capital, nor did he notify me that he planned to have or caused the company to pledge substantially all, if not all, of its assets to secure any loan,” Dempsey charged.
Whoops. Pretty sleazy there, guy.
Once again, Avenatti had to make a settlement to clean up the mess.
Several vendors of Tully’s also filed a complaint against Avenatti with the California State Bar on March 26, accusing him of fraud.
“In essence, he bought a company out of bankruptcy and then used it for a ‘pump and dump’ scheme to deprive federal and state taxing authorities of millions of dollars,” their attorney David Nold claimed.
Those who have worked with Avenatti describe an individual obsessed with fame and willing to use unethical methods to win a case.
“He honestly believes he can get up and say or do anything he wants and there’s no repercussions — largely there’s not,” said one individual who has worked with Avenatti in the past.
“I know this guy; he doesn’t care about anybody but himself. He loves the attention. It’s his whole lifestyle.”
His law firm, Eagan O’Malley & Avenatti also had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017 and his two partners in the firm now appear to have cut off all dealings with him, according to Biz Pac Review.