Michael Avenatti Says Any Gag Order Should Also Apply to Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, said if any gag order is issued for him to stop speaking publicly about an ongoing lawsuit between Daniels and President Trump, then the same rules should apply to Trump and his attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Earlier this month, Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen filed a gag order to stop Avenatti's frequent media appearances and tweets about the lawsuit over Cohen's $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in order to buy her silence over an alleged affair with the president.

Cohen is currently under a criminal investigation and said Avenatti's "publicity tour" was threatening to turn the case into a "media circus."

The request by Cohen to have an immediate gag order put in place was denied, but Politico reports that a court date is set for July 27 to discuss the matter further.

Related: Avenatti Calls Cohen's Restraining Order Trump's Latest Move to 'Shut People Up.'

Avenatti said in a court filing Monday that if a gag order is put in place, it should go "both ways by extending to all parties," including Trump and Giuliani, who have both been vocal about the case on TV and Twitter.

"Any other gag order imposed in the case would be manifestly one-sided and unjust, especially in light of the insults and attacks made against her," Avenatti said.

While Giuliani has not been as publicly visible in the past week, he has not been shy in the past about making the rounds on cable news programs to discuss ongoing legal matters involving the president and Daniels. In Avenatti's Monday court filing, he referenced multiple comments made by Giuliani.

"I'm sorry. I don't respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person and isn't going to sell her body for sexual exploitation," Giuliani said at a press conference in Israel on June 7. "Explain to me how she could be damaged. I mean, she has no reputation. If you're going to sell your body for money, you just don't have a reputation."


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Avenatti also pointed to Giuliani's comments referring to him as an "ambulance chaser."

"What do you think [Plaintiff is] about, and her lawyer, who's an ambulance chaser? . . . Money, money, money, money, money. They sold out cheap, because the allegations aren't true," Giuliani said in a Fox Business interview.

According to Cohen's June 14 filing, Avenatti at the time had appeared on television more than 120 times and tweeted about the case nearly 500 times since becoming Daniels's lawyer.