It’s curtains for Michael Avenatti.
After losing a legal battle he waged for the majority of the past year, “creepy porn lawyer” has just been slapped with another humiliating defeat.
In a Dec. 11 ruling, a judge dumped $293,052.33 of legal bills on Avenatti’s client, Stephanie Clifford. The docket detailing the order was quickly uploaded to law site CourtListener.
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Avenatti is currently going above and beyond to prove this point. He’s taking his loss hard, venting a ferociously hot temper on Twitter and hurling childish insults at anyone criticizing him.
— Joel Comm (@joelcomm) December 11, 2018
Hey Resistwnce.#MAGA is having its own Stormy Daniels day today.
And we’re enjoying it.
— 𝙻𝚎𝚎 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚊𝚑𝚊𝚗 ⏳ (@stranahan) December 11, 2018
That’s quite an attitude for someone who just cost their client hundreds of thousands of dollars.
For Avenatti, the grim reality of this situation obviously hasn’t set in yet. The lawyer is now insisting his client will not have to pay out any money at all.
My client will never have to pay a dime. Not one penny. It is the end of the first quarter, not the end of the game. And if you actually read any of the filings in the NDA case, you would realize they are going to owe at least $1,500,000.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 11, 2018
We have to cut Avenatti some slack for his confusion. With all of the court-ordered financial losses he’s endured lately, it’s got to be tough to keep them all straight.
In one monumental case, he was ordered to hand over nearly $5 million. This wasn’t from legal fees — according to CNBC, it was money owed for unpaid wages.
Things aren’t going well on the home front for Avenatti, either.
The trappings of his hotshot lawyer lifestyle have now been stripped from him by the courts. Along with $454,000 in late child support payments, a judge ordered Avenatti to part with a collection of luxury wristwatches, a pricey sculpture and other works of art.
He was even forced to fork over the keys to a Ferrari 488 GT Spider.
Here’s a piece of legal advice from someone who’s never been to law school: If your lawyer can’t even keep his own sports car in a court settlement, it may be time to find a new lawyer.