Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Threatened to Sue Yet Another Reporter, Attacked Him on Twitter

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The attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels threatened to sue another reporter weeks before he threatened to sue Daily Caller reporters on Monday for writing a negative story about him.

Law&Crime reporter Colin Kalmbacher wrote an article late last month headlined "One Thing Is Clear From Michael Cohen's Hearing … No One Likes Michael Avenatti," after prosecutors pushed back against Avenatti's attempt to file a motion to intervene in the government's case against Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney.

"After the publication of our April 26 article that Avenatti deemed ‘unfair' and ‘complete bullshit,' Avenatti threatened to sue our reporter, Colin Kalmbacher, personally and then our publication—and then whoever ‘edited' the article as well," Law& Crime editor in chief Rachel Stockman revealed on Wednesday.

"In a phone call the day after the article was published, Avenatti also told me if we didn't make the changes he requested, he would also verbally bash our reporter on [ABC's] ‘The View' and make him look like a legal idiot and ‘buffoon,'" Stockman added.

In the end, Law&Crime changed the story's headline slightly to "One Thing Is Clear From Michael Cohen's Hearing … No One Wanted Michael Avenatti There" and added some quotes from the judge, but stood by the article. Avenatti then went on to Twitter to insult Kalmbacher.

Law&Crime‘s revelation came after reporters at the Daily Caller revealed that Avenatti threatened to sue them personally for "defamation," without saying what was factually incorrect about their article. A reporter for the Hollywood Reporter also revealed two days later that Avenatti cursed him out and demanded to speak to his editor after learning that he might be writing an unflattering story.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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