Michael Avenatti is not having a great year, and things just got significantly worse. The high-profile lawyer was sued on Thursday by a paraplegic former client who claimed the once presidential hopeful lost a $4 million settlement he had won.
Geoffrey Johnson, the former client, is seeking at least $9.5 million from Avenatti, who is best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels before he was fired in disgrace.
“I never thought I would get victimized by my own attorney,” Johnson, who uses a wheelchair, said at a press conference. “I wish he had just given me my money.”
Johnson said Avenatti siphoned away nearly all of the $4 million settlement, while paying Johnson roughly $1,900 a month.
These claims are also part of federal prosecutors’ criminal case against Avenatti, who has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, extortion and other charges, including defrauding other clients, in California and New York.
“Mr. Johnson’s claims are categorically false and frivolous, and his case will be thrown out of court,” Avenatti said in a statement.
Avenatti first appeared in the public spotlight while representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump and his so-called “fixer,” Michael Cohen. The porn star fired her attorney and later accused him of stealing $300,000 from her.
Avenatti, came up from the ashes of being fired and surprised many by briefly flirted with a 2020 White House run.
Do you think this will be the end of this ambitious lawyer’s 15 minutes of fame? Do you think that he will eventually do prison time for his legal actions? How long before you think President Trump is going to engage on these issues through Twitter?
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