Details of the ongoing divorce case between Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, and his now estranged wife, Lisa Storie Avenatti, have caused many to think that Avenatti might not be the champion for women he wants you to believe he is.
While any divorce, especially one from an attorney, is likely to be messy, according to Storie Avenatti, her attempt to be legally unwed from Michael Avenatti has become emotionally abusive.
While her account of their marriage and separation are different in court, and when questioned by journalists, Storie Avenatti said, under oath, that Avenatti is, “emotionally abusive, and it is harmful to [our son] and me for [Avenatti] to be staying with us in the same house; and he has his own residence where he has been staying since before October 2017,” she told the court.
This is particularly damaging to Avenatti’s brand at the moment because his high profile case against President Trump, representing porn star Stormy Daniels, has caused the media to hail him as a hero of women’s rights.
Avenatti has leaned into that image, tweeting things like “’Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.’
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“We should all thank Stormy Daniels for her sacrifice and strength. The full extent of her courage will come into focus in the coming weeks.”
Vanity fair praised him, saying that he is “positioning himself as a feminist ally.”
“Even when skepticism of straight, white alpha males is at an all-time high, women in America — and many men, too — have found themselves completely beguiled by Avenatti,” Vanity Fair raved.
They seem to have overlooked when Avenatti brought his teenage daughter to confront his estranged wife instead of just picking up his son. Atorie Avenatti said, according to court documents that she sent her son upstairs, and he “immediately started yelling at me to let him into the house and started to videotape me with his phone,” she recounted.
Avenatti “also threatened me that he would be staying at the house every night in the coming week,” she said.
“I told [him] to stop making a scene and that he was scaring [his daughter], who was hiding behind a pillar,” she said. Avenatti retorted that he brought the girl as a “witness,” Storie Avenatti told the court.
He also at one point used the threat of calling the police himself just to have them both thrown in jail so that their young son would be put into protective custody.
In this case, however, Storie Avenatti recounts that he “continued to yell at me and at some point must have called the police, who arrived. I heard [him] tell the police he wanted access to the house,” she said. “The police declined [his] request and later told me that this was going to be a nasty divorce.”