Michael Avenatti, who was once referred to as a "scary porn lawyer" in Tucker Carlson's Fox News program, claimed Saturday that he "investigated a supposed robbery committed by T. Carlson" following an incident in a restaurant was due in Virginia.
The lawyer, who researches a presidential candidacy from 2020 and has become a national celebrity by representing porn star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump, posted Video on his Twitter account On Saturday, Carlson shows a verbal altercation in a country club and asks for help to identify other people involved in the incident.
Carlson said in a detailed statement provided by Fox News. The incident began when a man in the club last month verbally harassed his teenage daughter on the way back from the bathroom and called her "whore" and "cunt".
He admitted that his son then confronted the man and threw wine at him. Carlson claims that neither he nor his son attacked the man involved. Avenatti contradicted this report and said it was an "absolute lie".
The video, caught on another customer's cell phone, captures part of an altercation between Carlson and a man at the bar whom Avenatti tweets as a "gay Latino immigrant." Only part of the video has been published.
"Boys, guys, get out of here," says Carlson, standing in the vicinity of the bar, one person in the video can grab a guy by the collar, and then another person intervenes: "Hey, hello … There is no excuse for violence. "Another person interjects and asks," Did you see what he did? "
1/2 – We are investigating a suspected attack on a gay Latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and / or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in October. This probably includes drinking minors in violation of VA law. Link to a part of the incident:https://t.co/QcbCRHrplP
– Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) November 10, 2018
Avenatti told POLITICO he represented the man who was being grabbed by the collar and described him as the "victim" of the incident.
"We're trying to find more witnesses and identify the ones pictured in the video. In particular, we need assistance in identifying the bald man who grabs the man sitting at the bar. We expect charges to be filed, "wrote Avenatti on Twitter. "Everyone with knowledge, please contact us."
In another tweet, Avenatti added, "We are investigating a suspected attack on a gay Latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and / or members of his inner circle in a club in VA in October. This probably includes minors drinking in violation of VA law. "
In a statement released by a Fox News spokeswoman, Carlson said the incident featured on October 13 was at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he had dinner with two of his children.
"Towards the end of the meal, my 19-year-old daughter went to the bathroom with a friend," Carlson said in the statement. On the way back through the bar, a middle-aged man stopped my daughter and asked if she was sitting with Tucker Carlson. My daughter had never seen the man. She answered, "This is my father," and pointed to me. The man replied, "Are you Tucker's whore?" Then he called her a "fucking cunt". "
Carlson continued, "My daughter returned to the table in tears. She soon left the table and the club. My son, who is also a student, went to the bar to confront the man. I followed. My son asked the man if he called his sister a "whore" and a "cunt". The man admitted that he had done so and became profane again. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man's face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did. "
Carlson said he detailed the incident to the management of the country club and the club revoked the man's membership last week following an investigation.
"I love my kids, it took tremendous self-control not to hit the guy with a chair, which I wanted," Carlson said in the statement, "I think every dad can understand the overwhelming anger and shock I felt when I saw my daughter being attacked by a stranger, but I held back, I did not attack this man, and neither did my son, that's a lie, I did not know either that the man was gay or latino Not that it played a role, what happened on October 13 has nothing to do with identity politics, it was a grotesque violation of decency, something I've never seen in my life. "
Both Avenatti and Carlson have received increased attention in recent months. In September, Avenatti Carlson sat face-to-face in a Fox interview when Chyron read "Creepy Porn Lawyer Toying with 2020 Run."
Carlson's primetime, hours-long program – "Tucker Carlson Tonight" – has been under scrutiny in recent months as media critics announce the anchor for what they perceive as increasingly nativistic and offensive during its broadcast.
Around 30 anti-racist anti-fascist group members Smash Racism DC demonstrated outside Carlson's home on Wednesday. They harassed his family to such an extent that his wife locked up in the kitchen pantry and called 911, Carlson said.
Fox News called the protests "reprehensible" in a statement on Thursday. "The violent threats and intimidation tactics against him and his family are completely unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant from different angles, "said Fox News CEO Fox CEO Suzanne Scott, and President Jay Wallace. The recent events in our country clearly show the need for a civil, respectful and inclusive national dialogue. "
Carlson said in his show in March that "no nation, no society has changed so fast," and said the changing demographic landscape of the US is "more change than man wants to digest."
And in September, Carlson asked on-air, "How exactly is diversity our strength?" He added, "For example, can you think of other institutions where, for example, I do not know, marriages or military units? The fewer people in common, the more coherent they are? Do you get along with your neighbors or colleagues better when you can not understand each other or share common values? "
Avenatti has been practicing his own criticism lately. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley referred the Attorney General and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for investigation, and accused them of making false statements against Brett Kavanaugh during a sexual misconduct investigation. Avenatti also drew fire after being quoted in Time recently, saying the Democrat against Trump in 2020 should be a white man better. Avenatti said the comment was taken out of context.