Michael Cohen's attorneys want a restraining order against Michael Avenatti

 

  • Michael Cohen's attorneys are asking a California judge for a restraining order against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing the adult-film star, Stormy Daniels, who is suing Cohen and President Donald Trump for defamation.
  • Cohen's lawyers argue that Avenatti's frequent TV appearances and his interviews with news outlets about the case are doing great damage to Cohen, who is Trump's longtime personal attorney.
  • Avenatti has been a fixture on television since he began representing Daniels and has commented extensively on the case in which Daniels is accusing Cohen and Trump of defaming her over a claim that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, an accusation Trump denies.
  • In the court document filed Thursday, Cohen's lawyers argue that Avenatti is motivated by a "seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity" and say his actions could hinder Cohen's chances of getting a fair trial.


Michael Cohen's attorneys want Michael Avenatti to stop talking.

Cohen is a defendant in a defamation case filed by Avenatti on behalf his client, the adult-film star, Stormy Daniels. They're suing Cohen and President Donald Trump over Daniels' claim that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Since signing on to represent Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, Avenatti has been a fixture on TV, giving interviews on nearly all matters concerning the case.

Cohen's lawyers have told a California judge that Avenatti's media appearances and interviews have become problematic.

In the court document filed Thursday, Cohen's lawyers argue that Avenatti is motivated by a "seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity" and say his actions could hinder Cohen's chances of getting a fair trial. They argued that Avenatti has appeared on TV to talk about the case at least 121 times since early March.

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Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks to the media outside US Federal Court on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. Some of the documents reportedly relate to payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims a one-night stand with Trump a decade ago, and ex Playboy model Karen McDougal who also claims an affair. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Michael Avenatti, lawyer for adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, leaves federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Michael Cohen's attorney Todd Harrison arrives at federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (centre) leaves federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid
Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks to media along with lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) outside federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Michael Cohen's attorney Todd Harrison is pictured outside the Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, New York, U.S., April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City, U.S., April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, speaks to media along with lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) outside federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid
Attorney for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti is pictured though a window as he arrives at federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti arrive at Federal Court in New York, U.S., on Monday, April 16, 2018. Daniels claims she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006 and took a $130,000 hush payment shortly before the 2016 election from lawyer Michael Cohen. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
President Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen exits the US Federal Court on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. Some of the documents reportedly relate to payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims a one-night stand with Trump a decade ago, and ex Playboy model Karen McDougal who also claims an affair. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, (C) also known as Stormy Daniels arrives for a court hearing at the US Courthouse in New York on April 16, 2018. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Attorney for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti(C), arrives for a court hearing at the US Courthouse in New York on April 16, 2018. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Michael Avenatti (R), attorney for Stormy Daniels, arrives for a court proceeding regarding the search warrants served on President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, at the United States District Court Southern District of New York, April 13, 2018 in New York City. Cohen and his lawyers are asking the court to block Justice Department officials from reading documents and materials related to his relationship with President Donald Trump that they believe should be protected by attorney-client privilege. Officials with the FBI, armed with a search warrant, raided Cohen's office and two private residences earlier in the week. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Avenatti has said the publicity is part of his own legal strategy.

Cohen's attorneys also pointed to remarks made by Judge Kimba Wood, who is presiding over a separate case against Cohen in the Southern District of New York.

When Avenatti was seeking inclusion as an interested party in the SDNY case — in which Cohen is facing federal charges related to his business dealings — Wood criticized Avenatti for talking too much about Cohen. Ultimately, Avenatti's day in court on that matter didn't go as planned, and he withdrew his petition to be included in the case.

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