Tucker Carlson Denies Avenatti’s Claim of Alleged Assault, Says Man Called His Daughter a ‘W****’


After lawyer Michael Avenatti said he was investigating “an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant” by Tucker Carlson at a Virginia country club, the Fox News star issued a statement denying the assault and claiming the man lobbed insults at his daughter.

Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels and recurring foe of Carlson’s, tweeted out a video on Saturday that appeared to show Carlson in a verbal spat with several people.

“We are investigating an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and/or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in Oct.,” Avenatti wrote. “It likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law.”

“We are attempting to locate additional witnesses and to identify those depicted in the video,” he continued. “In particular, we need assistance identifying the balding man that grabs the man seated at the bar. We anticipate charges being filed.”

The video does not appear to show Carlson physically assaulting anyone, though it does show the host shouting at a man to “get the fuck out of here” — which depending on the various specifics and facts could theoretically be considered a simple assault under Virginia law.

In his statement provided to Mediaite, Carlson said that while at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, a man called his 19-year-old daughter a “whore” and a “fucking cunt.”

His son confronted the man, Carlson said, throwing a glass of red wine in the man’s face and telling him to leave the bar. Carlson added that the club conducted an investigation and ultimately revoked the man’s membership.

Read the full statement here:

“On October 13, I had dinner with two of my children and some family friends at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Toward the end of the meal, my 19-year-old daughter went to the bathroom with a friend. On their way back through the bar, a middle aged man stopped my daughter and asked if she was sitting with Tucker Carlson. My daughter had never seen the man before. She answered: ‘That’s my dad,’ and pointed to me. The man responded, ‘Are you Tucker’s whore?’ He then called her a ‘fucking cunt.’

My daughter returned to the table in tears. She soon left the table and the club. My son, who is also a student, went into the bar to confront the man. I followed. My son asked the man if he’d called his sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘cunt.’ The man admitted he had, and again become profane. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.

Immediately after the incident, I described these events to the management of the Farmington Country Club. The club spent more than three weeks investigating the incident. Last week, they revoked the man’s membership and threw him out of the club.

I love my children. It took enormous self-control not to beat the man with a chair, which is what I wanted to do. I think any father can understand the overwhelming rage and shock that I felt seeing my teenage daughter attacked by a stranger. But I restrained myself. I did not assault this man, and neither did my son. That is a lie. Nor did I know the man was gay or Latino, not that it would have mattered. What happened on October 13 has nothing to do with identity politics. It was a grotesque violation of decency. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

UPDATE –– 3:55 pm ET: Avenatti responded by accusing Carlson of lying:

Correction: This post has been updated to better describe the video of Carlson.

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