Michael Avenatti has told Cockburn he locked his Twitter account because of ‘trolls, bots and security issues’ — while also revealing that he has received over 100 physical threats in the last 36 hours .
The hard-nosed lawyer, best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, had entered the fray surrounding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He had claimed that he was representing a third individual accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct.
Avenatti told Cockburn that he refuted claims that he had locked his account because his client’s allegations would not be forthcoming, saying ‘that’s ridiculous. One has nothing to do with the other. The people who follow me can still see my tweets. I’m on Twitter and continuing to use it to communicate with nearly 800k followers.’
He also said he would not be accepting all new followers, telling Cockburn, ‘Why would I do that right now? I have received well over 100 physical threats in the last 36 hours.’
On Sunday, Avenatti had tweeted:
I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn.
Brett Kavanaugh must also be asked about this entry in his yearbook: ‘FFFFFFFourth of July.’ We believe that this stands for: Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them. As well as the term “Devil’s Triangle.” Perhaps Sen. Grassley can ask him. #Basta
Cockburn is now concerned for not only his mental but his physical health.
Update 9/25 3:15 p.m, ET: A rumour circulating Twitter that a 4chan prankster hoaxed Avenatti by getting his girlfriend to pose as a third Kavanaugh accuser has been rebuffed by the lawyer.
He told Cockburn, ‘Completely baseless. Ludicrous. Never happened. Absolute and complete fabrication. All of it.’