In this weekend’s edition of the ongoing soap opera that is post-2016 America, possible 2020 presidential candidate and Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti rekindled his feud with popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Back in September, Avenatti appeared on Carlson’s program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss his political ambitions in a segment that quickly devolved from a strained attempt at ringside banter into an all-out slobberknocker. They argued over Russia, over allegations that President Obama “spied” on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, and over whether or not President Trump had a moral obligation to disclose his alleged affair with Daniels to the American people during the election.
Carlson put Avenatti on the ropes by calling him a “creepy porn lawyer” and accused him of “exploiting” his client, noting that “Stormy Daniels is right now working in strip clubs in little towns on stage” while Avenatti is “wearing a $1,000 suit,” following it up with a clothesline “Why is — why are you not paying her?” Avenatti countered with a surprise uppercut and asked Carlson, “When’s the last time you viewed porn?”
Sex and mindless violence. What more could you ask for?
Well, how about a rematch?
On Saturday night, Avenatti was back, and this time he’s claiming to be “investigating an alleged assault … committed by T. Carlson.” The assault supposedly occurred during an incident at a Virginia restaurant last month, in which Carlson was involved in a verbal altercation with another customer. Avenatti posted a video of the incident on his Twitter page, along with a request for help identifying bystanders appearing in the video.
2/2 – We are attempting to locate additional witnesses and to identify those depicted in the video. In particular, we need assistance identifying the balding man that grabs the man seated at the bar. We anticipate charges being filed. Anyone with knowledge, pls contact us.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 10, 2018
Carlson then released a lengthy statement through Fox News denying the accusations of assault and providing his version of the events surrounding the incident. He explains that “On October 13, I had dinner with two of my children and some family friends at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia,” and that towards the end of the meal, his 19 year-old daughter and her friend were on the way back from a trip to the restroom when a “middle aged man” stopped her and asked her about her relationship to Carlson. According to Carlson, “She answered: ‘That’s my dad,’ and pointed to me. The man responded, ‘Are you Tucker’s whore?’ He then called her a ‘f—— c—.’”
Carlson then says his son confronted the customer. The man became “profane,” after which Carlson’s son “threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.”
Carlson says he reported the incident to management, who after a three week investigation revoked the man’s membership. He concludes by saying he loves his children but never assaulted anyone, despite the “enormous self-control” it took “not to beat the man with a chair, which is what I wanted to do.”
Avenatti then hit back in a subsequent Twitter thread, calling Carlson’s statement “an absolute lie.” He went on to accuse Carlson’s son and friend of committing assault and battery, Carlson of committing assault, Carlson’s daughter of underage drinking, and Carlson again of intoxication. He brought the barrage to a close by asking Carlson “if you were so innocent, why didn’t you disclose it weeks ago as you recently did in connection with the protest at your home?”
Carlson has yet to address Avenatti’s latest round of accusations.
Obviously, this is a developing situation and many questions remain. But the most pressing one that comes to this writer’s mind is…are you not entertained?