The warring Avenattis: Lawyer Michael Avenatti is too busy
defending promoting porn star Stormy Daniels to attend to important business involving his own wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, who desperately wants a divorce, she said.
Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time
~ “Stormy Weather”, Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Daniels’ ubiquitous attorney, who has become CNN’s favorite prime time guest, represents the porn queen, who claims she had a 2006 fling with President Trump and believes that somehow Trump is defaming her by denying it. But while he is basking in the limelight, his wife says their divorce proceedings have stalled.
“I need to be divorced and if [Michael Avenatti] continues to paint the narrative, he can ignore our case!” Lisa Storie-Avenatti wrote in a text message from their home in Newport Beach, Calif.
Storie married Avenatti in 2011. Just months before he started pursuing the legal challenge against Trump, he filed for divorce. Court records claim Storie kicked him out of the house and changed the locks.
The irony of Avenatti painting himself as a champion of women while negecting the pressing domestic matter is evident in his own recent tweet.
“We should all thank Stormy Daniels for her sacrifice and strength. The full extent of her courage will come into focus in the coming weeks,” he wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
The tweet was accompanied with a quote from poet Maya Angelou reading: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
[As those who know Daniels will tell you, what she’s really all about is standing up for tips. – ed.]
“I need to be divorced and if [Michael Avenatti] continues to paint the narrative he can ignore our case!”
– Lisa Storie-Avenatti
Storie criticized media reports that claim they are already legally separated.
“Everyone reports we are divorced. That does not help my goal to get a divorce,” she said. “Can you imagine divorcing him?” she added.
The lawyer’s performances across Stormy-hungry media have earned him unchecked attention for months and brought him new friends over his scrutiny of Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Along the way, however, Avenatti underwent scrutiny. He’s facing questions over his past business failings and how he obtained Cohen’s bank records, while the State Bar of California is investigating him after a complaint was filed regarding allegedly unpaid taxes.
It remains unclear what the exact reason is for the divorce. Storie confirmed that she kicked him out of the house, though noted that it had nothing to do with Stormy Daniels. She declined an in-depth interview regarding the case, but asked to read court records and said, “Tell me where our money and his time has been spent.”
Court records detail Avenatti’s extravagant lifestyle, with monthly expenses running to about $40,000. He’s a noted collector of watches and artwork, uses a private jet to travel, and leases expensive cars, his wife claimed in case documents.
In a combative phone call with Fox News on Thursday, Michael Avenatti said he had “no idea what you’re talking about.”
I never felt more satisfied or optimistic than when I rode the river in my youth.