Michael Avenatti has called Alyssa Milano a disgusting hypocrite
Michael Avenatti labels Alyssa Milano a 'disgusting hypocrite' in a response to her eight-month-old tweet about his 'domestic violence' arrest in November. Avenatti was arrested last year in Los Angeles for alleged domestic violence. Following his arrest several supporters disavowed Avenatti, including Milano
At the time Milano tweeted: 'Totally disgusting... yes, I'm disavowing Avenatti'
It's unclear why Avenatti chose to respond to her tweet eight months later, but he called the actress a 'disgusting hypocrite' on Monday morning
Milano then responded to his tweet: 'Wasn't this guy indicted on 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, theft from clients? Doesn't he have bigger issues?'
Avenatti, who is the former lawyer for Stormy Daniels, was arrested last year in Los Angeles for an alleged domestic violence dispute.
Following his arrest, several supporters disavowed Avenatti, including Milano who tweeted: 'Totally disgusting. And before anyone asks me, yes, I'm disavowing Avenatti.'
'I do not care what side he's on,' the Charmed star tweeted at the time.
It's unclear why Avenatti chose to respond to her tweet eight months later, but he called the actress a 'disgusting hypocrite'.
'You preach about Trump's need to follow the constitution but then ignore it yourself. You are a disgusting hypocrite. I don't care what side you are on,' Avenatti tweeted.
'Where the hell is my apology for you proclaiming my guilt for something I was never charged with?' he added.
Avenatti was referring to the fact that in February the Los Angeles City Attorney declined to file domestic violence charges against him.
In a statement at the time, the City Attorney's office said prosecutors 'decline to file charges at this time', but are leaving the case open and have scheduled two hearings for Avenatti and his alleged victim, ex-girlfriend Mareli Miniutti, to give further evidence.
'The City Attorney's Office has reviewed all of the reports in this matter and considered all of the evidence,' a spokesman told DailyMail.com.
Milano later responded to Avenatti's tweet on Monday, saying: 'Wasn't this guy indicted on 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, theft from clients? Doesn't he have bigger issues?'
She also included a link to a Los Angeles Times story about Avenatti's indictment in April.
Last week it was reported that Avenatti is being sued by Geoffrey Johnson, his paraplegic former client, who accused him of siphoning away a $4million settlement he had won.
Johnson is seeking at least $9.5million, plus punitive damages, from Avenatti and several former colleagues in his civil lawsuit filed with the Orange County Superior Court in California.
'I never thought I would get victimized by my own attorney,' Johnson, who uses a wheelchair, said at a press conference last Thursday. 'I wish he had just given me my money.'
Johnson's claims are also part of federal prosecutors' criminal case against Avenatti, who has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, extortion and other charges, including defrauding other clients, in California and New York.
'Mr. Johnson's claims are categorically false and frivolous, and his case will be thrown out of court,' Avenatti said in an email.
Avenatti drew national attention through his representation of Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in lawsuits against President Donald Trump and the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen, and briefly flirted with a 2020 White House run.
Johnson said he obtained the $4million settlement with Los Angeles County in January 2015 over injuries he sustained by jumping from an elevated floor in a downtown Los Angeles jail, in the second of two attempted suicides in August 2011.
He said he had mental health issues when he was wrongly arrested in April 2011, and tried to kill himself after enduring abuse by sheriff's deputies and other inmates at the jail.
The June 11 complaint accused Avenatti of draining nearly all of the $4million settlement, while paying Johnson roughly $1,900 a month to lull him into thinking his money was safe.
Johnson also said Avenatti lied to the Social Security Administration about the monthly payments, costing him needed supplemental benefits.
'On a 1-to-100 scale, the despicability of his conduct ranks 1,000,' Johnson's lawyer Daniel Callahan said at the press conference, referring to Avenatti. 'It is off-the-charts bad.'
Johnson also accused Avenatti's former colleagues Michael Eagan, Jason Frank and Scott Sims at the Eagan Avenatti law firm of covering up his activities.
The firm filed for bankruptcy protection in March, and there has been litigation among its former lawyers.
Eric George, a lawyer for Frank, called him 'as much a victim of Michael Avenatti as anyone else. It is regrettable that Mr. Johnson's lawyers are misdirecting their claims'.
Sims, in an email, said he has evidence that Avenatti 'stole Mr Johnson's settlement money,' and alerted federal authorities.
'We are appalled by Mr Avenatti's conduct and hope that Mr Johnson obtains justice against Mr Avenatti,' he said.
Eagan was not immediately available for comment.
Prosecutors had in April said Avenatti diverted some of the $4million to finance his coffee shop business and a lavish lifestyle, and gave Johnson only about $124,000.
In his email, Avenatti said Johnson would have been convicted 'but for my assistance,' and had previously acknowledged in writing that he had always acted ethically when representing him.
He called the lawsuit 'part of a 'pile on' publicity stunt to smear me'.
In addition to the $4million and punitive damages, Johnson is seeking at least $500,000 for lost Social Security benefits and $5million for severe emotional distress and other damages.
The criminal case also accuses Avenatti of trying to extort more than $20million from Nike by threatening to expose what he called its improper payments to college basketball recruits, and misappropriating from Daniels nearly $300,000 of payments for her memoir.
If convicted on all charges, Avenatti could face more than 400 years in prison, but would likely face a lesser punishment.