Michael Avenatti appeared like a worthy Trump enemy when the brash lawyer emerged as the attorney of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims Trump paid her $130,000 in hush money. Since then, however, he’s exposed himself to be as much of a media-hungry bully as our president, and recent charges of bank fraud and extortion, not to mention a host of tax infractions, appear to spell doom for the guy.
Still, that hasn’t stopped him from doggedly pursuing headings, and, though his work in tightening the vice around R. Kelly has actually been admirable, he’s now wriggled his way into another prominent story about an declared sex cult. You might keep in mind NXIVM, the “women’s self-help group” that functioned like a pyramid scheme, hoarded blackmail, and utilized a hot iron to brand name its members, some of whom were dealt with like servants. Well, Clare Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiress who apparently moneyed the unusual, violent work of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere and Smallville starlet Allison Mack, is presently in court, and it appears that she’s being represented in part by Avenatti.
This comes via Vulture, who report that Bronfman didn’t expose to the court that she was working with Avenatti. One can see why, as her attorney, Mark Geragos, is an unindicted co-conspirator in Avenatti’s extortion case. “It is now the court’s understanding that she has an additional lawyer who was in negotiation with [prosecutors] for her, but did not file a notice of look,” stated Brooklyn federal court judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.
After the judge pressured her to confess that Avenatti was negotiating with district attorneys on her behalf, Bronfman apparently “seemed unstable on her feet and appeared on the edge of falling to the table,” resulting in an ambulance being called. It was soon exposed in open court that, yes, Aventatti was undoubtedly conference with both Geragos and prosecutors.
“Ms. Bronfman is not sensation well…her skin has not come back to color. I believe she blacked out,” stated one of Bronfman’s legal representatives following her episode. She left the court soon after, as you can see in the listed below clip.
Avenatti, meanwhile, has made his Twitter account personal.