Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, was given a choice by a stern judge: You can keep grandstanding on TV, or you can represent your client in my court. Pick one.
Avenatti chose TV.
Avenatti is on the tube so often we’ve lost count (two weeks ago, he had been interviewed 147 times on broadcast and cable news shows in the previous 10 weeks). He loves to see himself on the little screen, and now it’s apparent he’s more comfortable in a green room than a courtroom.
The lawyer attempted to join a New York case against Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen allegedly paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
But Federal Judge Kimba Wood said he would have to first stop his “publicity tour.”
“Wood reprimanded Avenatti in court, according to multiple media reports,” reported The Hill.
“You cannot declare your opinion as to Mr. Cohen’s guilt, which you did. You would not be able to give publicity to documents,” Wood said, according to the New York Daily News.
“You’re entitled to publicity. I can’t stop you — unless you’re participating in a matter before me.”
“It would change your conduct,” Wood said. “I know a jury, if there is one, is way down the road, and memories certainly may fade, but this conduct is inimical to giving Mr. Cohen eventually a fair trial.”
Shortly after the hearing with Wood, Avenatti withdrew his request to represent Daniels in the Cohen case.
And by evening he was right back where he always is: On TV bashing Trump.