Nothing To See Here: CNN Staff Parties With Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” could not be more true than a photo snapped, posted to social media and quickly deleted of the attorney representing Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti. The photo showed Avenatti partying with CNN hosts and reporters – which speaks volumes.

As the Daily Caller reports, Juanita Scarlett shared a photo online with her husband (and CNN contributor) Errol Louis, CNN host Don Lemon, CNN commentator Margaret Hoover and Avenatti – all partying together.

In the now-deleted tweet, the five individuals are all smiles. The caption reportedly read, “Thrilled to have met @MichaelAvenatti at the Sag Harbor soiree of my second favorite favorite on-air journalist @donlemon @errollous @MargaretHoover.”

Here’s more:

Scarlett later deleted the tweet and made her Twitter account private, but several people took screenshots and began circulating the photo.

The soiree was most likely at Lemon’s home since he purchased a place in Sag Harbor a couple of years ago. Avenatti’s presence at the party seemed to confirm Lemon’s boyfriend’s hint to The Daily Caller News Foundation that the two are friends.

Lemon recently interviewed Avenatti on his CNN show and asked him about his threats against The Daily Caller News Foundation and its reporters, however he did not push back when Avenatti accused the reporters of being unethical.

“The friendship between the lawyer and CNN anchor could also help explain why the network has hosted Avenatti a whopping 74 times in just ten weeks,” the Daily Caller theorizes.

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Avenatti has undoubtedly had a rough week as it was made known he is being sued by a former law partner for $2 million and the California State Bar is investigating him.

Law and Crime has more on the lawsuit:

Jason Frank filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming that the outspoken attorney owes him $2 million for failing to make good on a settlement agreement for a previous dispute.

Frank claims that he had an independent contractor arrangement with the firm, whereby he was to get 25% of the firm’s annual profits and 20% of his client’s fees, as well as copies of the firm’s tax returns and other financial records. According to the lawsuit, the firm allegedly misstated their profits, didn’t give Frank copies of the records, and failed to pay him money that was due to him under their contract. In February 2016, Frank filed a demand for arbitration and resigned from the firm that May.

Frank alleges that the arbitration panel found that Avenatti’s firm had “acted with malice, fraud and oppression by hiding its revenue numbers,” and issued sanctions against the firm for not following discovery orders.

After a lengthy court process, Avenatti reportedly agreed to pay Frank $2 million. This money was never paid, Frank argues:

The agreement called for Frank to be paid $2 million within 60 days of the March 15 dismissal, which Frank claims did not happen (the settlement agreement called for the remaining $2.85 million to be paid within 120 days of the dismissal).

Frank claims that Avenatti is liable for the unpaid money because the settlement called for him to personally guarantee the payment, which he did through a separate agreement.

Avenatti is also being investigated by the California State bar for tax evasion, Fox News reports:

Fox News on Wednesday obtained an April 18-dated letter verifying the existence of the investigation—unrelated to his representation of Daniels.

“The complaint against attorney Michael J. Avenatti has been reviewed and forwarded to the Enforcement Unit for further investigation and prosecution, if warranted,” said the letter from the state bar, written by Supervising Attorney Anand Kumar and reviewed by Fox News.

The complaint, first reported by The Seattle Times, said Avenatti and Global Baristas faced a lien for unpaid federal taxes worth roughly $5 million, claiming taxes were withheld from workers’ paychecks but not paid to the government. The complaint from Nold, as posted by The Seattle Times, called into question Avenatti’s “fitness to practice law.”

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