Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford), shredded Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday after the Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor made demeaning remarks about Clifford.
Avenatti called Giuliani "an absolute pig."
“Mr. Giuliani is an absolute pig for making those comments.” Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti says Rudy G… https://t.co/qvsdvPywxp— Anderson Cooper 360° (@Anderson Cooper 360°) 1528332376.0
In his comments to a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel earlier Wednesday, Giuliani said of Clifford: "The business you were in entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight." Giuliani then said that a woman who does porn does "not have a reputation," implying they are undeserving of respect.
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. I may be old-fashioned, I dunno.
Giuliani added that he does respect women who star in adult films, just not in "the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who ... isn't going to sell her body for sexual exploitation."
@AC360 Funny how men are quick to dis women working in various levels of the sex trade... who are in this line of w… https://t.co/T0n87QEZoJ— suzee (@suzee) 1528333527.0
Appearing on AC 360 on Wednesday night, Avenatti tore into Giuliani, calling him "an absolute pig for making those comments."
@AC360 The business that Ruddy talks about, is the same business that his client seems to enjoy very much.— Seattle Native (@Seattle Native) 1528332945.0
"He's basically stating that women that engage in the adult film industry and other forms of pornography don't have reputations and are not entitled to respect," Avenatti told host Anderson Cooper.
According to Rudy Giuliani, women who work in porn, strip clubs, etc. (I'm not judging) cannot be sexually assaulte… https://t.co/QhNwLkqGeU— 𝘿𝙪𝙢𝙥 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙨𝙚𝙮 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙢 (@𝘿𝙪𝙢𝙥 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙨𝙚𝙮 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙢) 1528378072.0
Avenatti said President Donald Trump should fire Giuliani over his remarks, which he called "piggish" and "outrageous."
I certainly hope that we are not going to reach a place where Rudy Giuliani is going to be the police who is going to decide which women deserve respect or not. His comments are piggish, they are outrageous especially in today's day and age and he should be fired immediately by the President.
Later on Wednesday, Avenatti took to Twitter to further slam Giuliani.
Mr. Giuliani is a misogynist. His most recent comments regarding my client, who passed a lie detector test and who… https://t.co/pmie3Iyqcv— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1528308032.0
Early Thursday morning, Avenatti tweeted that his client "should be celebrated for her courage, strength, and intelligence."
My client @StormyDaniels should be celebrated for her courage, strength and intelligence. She is one of the most cr… https://t.co/ZjRwUDGkSN— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1528346467.0
Avenatti and Giuliani have been sparring in the months since Trump hired Giuliani to represent him in Special Counsel Rober Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion.
Meanwhile, Avenatti represents Clifford in several lawsuits she has mounted against Trump, with whom she claims to have had an affair in 2006.
Clifford is also suing Trump's former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, as well as her former lawyer, Keith Davidson, for failing to properly represent her in a non-disclosure agreement she signed with Cohen on behalf of Trump. Clifford also received $130,000 in hush money through the NDA.
Clifford is also suing Trump for defamation.
@AC360 Giuliani is defaming Stormy Daniels, plain and simple.— Rogue Patriot (@Rogue Patriot) 1528332811.0
Last month, Giuliani referred to Avenatti as an "ambulance chaser" who is only after money.
@AC360 Just because a woman is a star in the porn industry that does not mean she is dishonest Mr. Giuliani.If life… https://t.co/uGKJwuxrmG— Pamela Ruffalo (@Pamela Ruffalo) 1528334321.0
“What do you think she (Clifford) is about, and her lawyer (Michael Avenatti), who’s an ambulance chaser?” Giuliani asked host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria.
Money, money, money, money, money. They sold out cheap, because the allegations aren’t true. She’s written a letter and signed it, saying was untrue. The president has said it was untrue.”
Avenatti replied on Twitter:
the only “ambulance” I have ever chased in my career is the one you are driving right now in a desperate attempt to save this presidency.Rudy Giuliani - the only “ambulance” I have ever chased in my career is the one you are driving right now in a desp… https://t.co/1q0Pg6Qrdg— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1525362593.0