Was Stormy Daniels's Lawyer Michael Avenatti 'Thrown Out' of Court? Giuliani Spreads False Claim About Cohen Case

Acting once again as the bulldog on President Donald Trump's legal team, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels of ethically dubious practices and falsely claimed he had been "thrown out of court" during a Wednesday hearing.

Giuliani's false claim came during a Fox News appearance on Wednesday night. He said that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who is overseeing a federal case against Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, made Avenatti leave the courtroom.

"Judge Wood, you know what she did, she threw Avenatti, the television star of the left-wing CNN MSNBC, out of court," Giuliani breathlessly claimed. "He doesn't belong in a New York court. Because he's not ethical enough. You wanna know why? He's a big liar."

But Avenatti, who was attempting to represent Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in the Cohen suit, was not asked to leave the court, nor was he "thrown out" for being a "big liar." The judge did, however, tell the attorney that he would have to put an end to his myriad media appearances if he wished to represent Daniels in the criminal proceedings against Cohen, who paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with the president.

Wood also said Avenatti could jeopardize Cohen's right to a fair trial by once again releasing private documents. Should Avenatti be given entry to the Cohen proceedings, he would have to hew to "professional standards" required of New York lawyers and end his "publicity tour."

"I say publicity tour not in a derogatory sense," the judge told Avenatti. "You're entitled to publicity. I can't stop you. Unless you're participating in a matter before me."

The California-based attorney, who had filed for a waiver to practice law in New York, voluntarily withdrew his motion to intervene shortly thereafter, noting that he could refile at a later date.

Both Giuliani and Avenatti have been frequent guests on cable news shows, turning the legal battle swirling around Cohen and Trump into a veritable war of words. True to form, Avenatti responded to Giuliani's dubious claims on Wednesday evening during an appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell.

"This guy is a known liar," Avenatti said of Giuliani. "He can't keep his facts straight. He doesn't know the law. He's an absolute buffoon in his television appearances. This is the lawyer that represents the President of the United States? It's an absolute joke."

Avenatti followed up on Twitter late Wednesday evening.

"Mr. Giuliani cannot even spell truth let alone speak it," the lawyer wrote, calling his media appearances a "truth tour."

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Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a federal court in Manhattan on April 26. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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