Avenatti Stands By Statue of Liberty Vandal, Loses Big
Michael Avenatti stood stoically beside the woman who took the Statue of Liberty hostage on the Fourth of July to protest family separations at the border – after being convicted on all counts by a federal judge. (New York Post)
Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, who scaled the base of the national icon, causing the evacuation of the statue and Liberty Island on one of the attraction’s busiest days of the year, was convicted on three misdemeanor charges that could send her to jail for up to 1½ years.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, was also in court because he served as an adviser to Okoumou.
“The verdict today was not surprising in light of the letter of the law, but sometimes you have to stand on principle,” he said.
“The Trump administration’s draconian policies of separating children from parents, stripping children from mothers, has no place in any civilized society on Earth, never mind on any American soil,” he said outside court.
Among Okoumou's celebrity supporters in court were comedian Ilana Glazer and actress Ellen Page.