Avenatti BLINDSIDED After Playmate Flips Script, Files Lawsuit Against Him..
Michael Avenatti is the classic case of someone that gets famous for all the wrong reasons.
He isn’t being noticed for his charitable work, or his athletic ability or even a single good thing that he has done. He is famous for being a tiny cog in the hateful machine that has been put in motion by the Deep State to disrupt the Trump Administration.
The clock is ticking on the 15 minutes of fame being enjoyed by attorney Michael Avenatti, the anti-Trump lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a legal dispute against President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
The crux of the dispute between Avenatti/Daniels and Cohen/Trump is a nondisclosure agreement and “hush money” reached between Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — and Cohen regarding an alleged affair between Daniels and Trump many years ago, an NDA Daniels is now seeking to extricate herself from.
But now it appears that there is a wholly separate, if strikingly similar, NDA issue that Avenatti was involved in. And this particular legal dispute may not come out in his favor, according to The Daily Caller.
A judge in California’s Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled that part of a lawsuit filed against Avenatti by former Playboy Playmate Shera Béchard may proceed, rejecting Avenatti’s bid to dismiss the suit in its entirety.
Avenatti became the subject of that suit after he allegedly revealed the existence of an NDA and hush money settlement reached between Béchard and prominent Republican fundraiser Eliot Briody, who’d wanted to keep their illicit affair a secret.
Béchard had hired attorney Keith Davidson to represent her interests in setting up the NDA over the affair. Davidson had, in turn, allegedly enlisted the aid of his attorney acquaintance Michael Cohen — yes, the same Cohen — to approach Briody and represent him in the matter.
Interestingly, Davidson had initially represented Daniels in her NDA lawsuit prior to being replaced by Avenatti.
The agreement that was ultimately reached in December 2017 on the Briody NDA called for $1.6 million to be paid to Béchard in several quarterly installments in exchange for her silence with regard to the affair.
However, Béchard only received two of the scheduled payments prior to a Wall Street Journal article in April which exposed the agreement and prompted Briody to refuse any further payments once the secret had been revealed.
Incredibly, Avenatti even griped later that the WSJ failed to attribute any credit to him for its story exposing the agreement between Béchard and Briody.
Upon learning these details leaked by Avenatti and the relationship between Davidson and Cohen, Béchard fired Davidson and accused him of revealing the secret details of the NDA to Avenatti, who in turn made them public on social media, or perhaps even leaked them to the media.
Avenatti moved to dismiss all of Béchard’s claims, and while Judge Elizabeth Allen White agreed to dismiss two of the three claims against Avenatti, she allowed to stand one claim which asserted that Avenatti had unlawfully interfered with Béchard’s NDA arrangement.