‘Stormy’ lawyer’s ex-wife gets plane

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD - AMANDA LEE MY­ERS

LOS AN­GE­LES •ASouth­ern Cal­i­for­nia judge has trans­ferred as­sets in­clud­ing an air­plane and a Fer­rari from porn ac­tress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer as part of his di­vorce, ac­cord­ing to court records ob­tained Thurs­day.

Or­ange County Judge Carol Hen­son on Tues­day or­dered some of Michael Ave­natti’s as­sets be liq­ui­dated and sold for back child and spousal sup­port.

Al­though the to­tal amount Ave­natti owes is un­clear, he was pre­vi­ously or­dered to pay more than US$150,000 a month in child and spousal sup­port.

In Tues­day’s or­der, Hen­son said Ave­natti must pay at least US$80,000 to Lisa Sto­rie-Ave­natti on top of the trans­ferred as­sets by Jan. 2.

Among those as­sets are a 2017 Fer­rari GT Spi­der, five watches in­clud­ing a Rolex that re­tails for US$12,000, a sculp­ture by famed ar­chi­tect Frank Gehry and a sixseat busi­ness jet worth mil­lions.

Ave­natti’s at­tor­ney, Matt DeArmey, said the as­set trans­fer is a stan­dard part of di­vorce cases.

The 47-year-old Ave­natti an­nounced Tues­day that he’s not run­ning for pres­i­dent fol­low­ing a few tu­mul­tuous weeks for the at­tor­ney, who has been a scathing critic of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Ave­natti was ar­rested on Nov. 14 on a felony do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge stem­ming from al­le­ga­tions he roughed up a girl­friend.

Pros­e­cu­tors de­clined to bring felony charges against him in the case, but they are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether he should face a mis­de­meanour charge. Ave­natti has ve­he­mently de­nied wrong­do­ing, call­ing the al­le­ga­tions bo­gus.

On Mon­day, Trump’s at­tor­neys asked a judge for nearly US$800,000 in at­tor­neys’ fees and penal­ties from Daniels for her failed defama­tion law­suit, which was filed by Ave­natti. Daniels has ap­pealed the de­ci­sion toss­ing the law­suit, and Ave­natti has said he ex­pects to pre­vail at a higher court.

Ave­natti tweeted that he made the de­ci­sion not to run for pres­i­dent in 2020 at the urg­ing of his fam­ily, and if not for their con­cerns, he would go for it.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, al­leges she had a one-night af­fair with Trump in 2006. She sued him ear­lier this year seek­ing to break a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment she signed days be­fore the 2016 elec­tion about the tryst as part of a US$130,000 hush money set­tle­ment. Trump has de­nied the af­fair, but es­sen­tially ac­knowl­edged the pay­ment to Daniels.

De­spite the deal to stay quiet, Daniels spoke out pub­licly and al­leged that five years after the af­fair she was threat­ened to keep quiet by a man she did not rec­og­nize in a Las Ve­gas park­ing lot. She also re­leased a com­pos­ite sketch of him.

She sued Trump for defama­tion after he re­sponded to the al­le­ga­tion by tweet­ing: “A sketch years later about a nonex­is­tent man. A to­tal con job, play­ing the Fake News Me­dia for Fools (but they know it)!”

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