Michael Avenatti could be compared to Icarus, with his metaphorical wax wings melting before our very eyes today.
Avenatti is most certainly on the hunt for power and prestige; you can tell by his extremely busy television schedule that he somehow balances with his high profile law practice. It does’t take an expert to see what the “creepy porn lawyer” is up to, especially in the modern world of media distrust and political distortion.
Now, even his clients are beginning to step away from the ticking time bomb of Avenatti’s 15 minutes of fame.
One woman, a corroborating witness to the allegations made by Julie Swetnick, is now distancing herself from the limelight-seeking attorney while Avenatti stands his ground.
However, when NBC contacted the witness “independently from Avenatti,” her story changed dramatically.
She told NBC on October 3 that she’d only “skimmed” the declaration he submitted and, after reviewing it more thoroughly, told NBC in a text on October 4: “It is incorrect that I saw Brett spike the punch. I didn’t see anyone spike the punch … I was very clear with Michael Avenatti from day one.”
Asked about her alleged claims that Kavanaugh acted abusively towards girls, she wrote, “I would not ever allow anyone to be abusive in my presence. Male or female.”
NBC notes that Avenatti had previously confirmed to NBC that they were in contact with the corroborating witness, but when confronted with her contradictory claims, he expressed that he was “disgusted” with NBC for following up and “in an apparent effort to thwart the reporting process, he added in the phone call, ‘How about this, on background, it’s not the same woman. What are you going to do with that?'”
Pressed again, Avenatti wrote: “I have no idea what you are talking about. I have a signed declaration that states otherwise together with multiple audio recordings where she stated exactly what is in the declaration. There were also multiple witnesses to our discussions.” Followed by: “I just confirmed with her yet again that everything in the declaration is true and correct. She must have been confused by your question.”
Avenatti has recently been referred to the Attorney General and the FBI for investigation thanks to the timing and incredulity of the allegations made by his client against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Like Icarus, Avenatti is in free-fall. Now it will be up to the rest of us to learn the moral of his story.
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