Avenatti Dismisses Report on Client’s Ex-Boyfriend: ‘This is the Best the Far Right Can Do?’


On CNN’s New Day on Thursday, lawyer Michael Avenatti dismissed claims from ex-boyfriend of his client, Julie Swetnick, which characterize her as revenge-seeking and not credible.

The ex-boyfriend’s comment is from a Politico interview after it was revealed he’d filed a restraining order against Swetnick in the past. Host Alisyn Camerota, in the clip above, read the quote to Avenatti.

“We’re in the business of more information is better. So it’s not about character assassination, it’s about painting a full picture,” said Camerota. “The guy who she was dating, her ex-boyfriend, gave this statement to Politico who says: ‘Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife, threatening to do harm to my baby at that time. I know a lot about her and she’s not credible at all. Not at all.'”

“Does that give you any pause, Michael?”

“No, it gives me no pause at all. I know the history behind this man, he’s an absolute fraudster,” Avenatti replied. “He took her resume, got a job using her qualifications. was found about it, got fired from that job. He committed fraud against a number of other people, unbeknownst to her.”

Avenatti pointed out that exes do not make the most credible witnesses.

“You know, it’s not unusual to have an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend say bad things about you, Alisyn,” Avenatti continued. “That’s the best the far right can drum up is some ex-boyfriend who claims she’s not credible. That’s not what this is about.”

“This woman is prepared to take a polygraph exam,” he said. “She is a sexual assault victim, and we need to stop attacking sexual assault victims and white men need to stop passing judgment on sexual assault victims, until all the facts are known. This is disgusting by Chuck Grassley and others to go after this woman.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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