Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti turned down $2,500 to tape an interview with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Avenatti, President Trump’s most persistent critic, was asked to be a guest on the pilot of “Sean Spicer’s Common Ground” to be shot in July.
“We’d be so honored to have you join us,” Julie Zann, talent executive at Pilgrim Media Group, e-mailed Avenatti. “We can offer a $2,500 honorarium for your time.”
Though Zann offered to provide travel, hair, makeup and “detailed topics in advance,” Avenatti rejected the offer, as did comedienne Kathy Griffin, who famously posed with what looked like Trump’s severed head.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for your group’s work. Unfortunately, however, I can’t say the same about Sean’s,” Avenatti wrote. “Suffice it to say that I’m not interested in helping Sean sell his new show.”
It seems Avenatti — or his creditors — could have used the honorarium.
The Eagan Avenatti law firm was hit with a $10 million judgment in federal bankruptcy court in May, after Avenatti broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.
And the IRS put a $5 million lien on Avenatti’s holding company Global Baristas US, the parent company of Tully’s Coffee, in June 2017, initially naming him as the person responsible for payment.
Avenatti blamed a payroll company for failing to pay the taxes.
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