Shock: Avenatti Consulted for Defense in 'Sex Cult' Case
Mark Geragos, one of the attorneys representing Jussie Smollett and a co-conspirator in Avenatti's failed shakedown of Nike, is also involved in the sordid case.
Per the Daily Wire:
"U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered today’s hearing following twin criminal complaints filed Monday against Avenatti in New York and California," Courthouse News reported Wednesday. "... Garaufis ordered Bronfman, co-defendant Keith Raniere [the leader of NXIVM] and all of their attorneys to appear in court this afternoon."
"Based on your review of the government’s letter, are you aware that according to attorney Mark Agnifilo, the individual referred to in the complaint as CC-1 is your attorney, Mark Geragos?" Judge Garaufis asked Bronfman, referring to a letter from Agnifilio, Raniere's attorney.
Bronfman's representative Donna Newman responded by downplaying the claims against Geragos as hearsay. The judge then asked specifically if Avenatti is representing Bronfman. "Did she retain Mr. Avenatti to represent her in this case, yes or no?" Garaufis asked, prompting Bronfman's team to confer, at which point Bronfman appears to have blacked out, dramatically ending the Wednesday hearing.
Newman informed the court in a letter Thursday that Avenatti had been brought in by Geragos as a consultant for just a "matter of days" and for a "limited" purpose. "The exact nature of [Avenatti's] representation was not formalized or documented," wrote Newman, CNBC reports. "His services on her behalf with any action have been terminated," the letter states.