Avenatti sent a threatening email to The Daily Caller‘s Peter Hasson after he and Joe Simonson reported on a variety of questionable business dealings – using publicly available information, such as a complaint to the California bar claiming his now-defunct venture into the coffee industry dodged millions in taxes after he mislead a business partner (who sued). Avenatti also reportedly stiffed a vendor on a $160,000 payment – which has since been paid following negative press.
“Michael Avenatti never notified me that he intended to have or caused Global Baristas to borrow $2,000,000 for working capital, nor did he notify me that he planned to have or caused the company to pledge substantially all, if not all, of its assets to secure any loan,” Dempsey charged. Avenatti denied the accusations but agreed to a settlement just three days later. -Actor Patrick Dempsey as reported by The Daily Caller
Avenetti starts off his threatening email to The Daily Caller by trying to claim that the email was “off the record,” which – as short-lived White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci discovered doesn’t fly when you’re talking to a journalist who hasn’t agreed to it.