The twisted web surrounding the Jussie Smollett case just got more bizarre again: Michael Avenatti’s name has emerged.
Avenatti is a high-profile attorney who represented adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels in a case against Trump. Avenatti is a very vocal critic of the president who, before his recent arrest, teased a Democratic presidential run.
Avenatti is currently fighting two sets of charges. One involves accusations of theft, tax fraud, bank fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. The other involves an alleged scheme to extort millions of dollars out of Nike.
High-profile attorney Mark Geragos was named as a co-conspirator with Avenatti in the Nike case. That’s fascinating because Geragos is anti-Trump activist Colin Kaepernick’s attorney. The former NFL quarterback is the face of Nike in marketing campaigns.
Geragos also happens to be an attorney of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who claimed he was the victim of a hate crime attack by Trump supporters in Chicago. With a mountain of evidence against him, the Chicago Police don’t believe Smollett one bit and have been highly critical of the Cook County State’s Attorney office for dropping all the charges against Smollett.
Prosecutor Joe Magats was the man put in charge of the case after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself. She rescued herself after a conversation she had with a former Michelle Obama aide who is connected to the Smollett family.
Magats defended his office’s decision to drop the charges even though he admitted that he believes Smollett lied to police about the attack. Foxx later claimed she didn’t really recuse herself after suspicions grew that she was still pulling on the strings on the Smollett case and was behind the decision to drop all the charges.
That suspicion was proven entirely valid when Foxx’ text messages were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act request from the New York Post. The text messages revealed that Foxx helped direct Magats in his decision to drop Smollett’s charges.
The texts also showed Foxx referring to Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops,” even though she encouraged Magats to set him free.
On top of that, we’re now learning that Avenatti could have had a starring role in the case as well.
The Nigerian Osundairo brothers admitted to attacking Smollett but said the actor paid them to do it and asked them to yell racist and anti-gay slurs at him. Smollett, on the other hand, has claimed he had no part in orchestrating the attack and said he was shocked and bewildered that two men he considered friends would attack him out of the blue like that.
But a text message from Magats to Foxx revealed that Avenatti was hoping to represent the Osundairo brothers against Smollett, who is being represented by Avenatti’s alleged co-conspirator Mark Geragos.
If that seems too crazy to be a coincidence, you’re not alone.
“...so Michael Avenatti reached out. Apparently he’s coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet. I gave him your office number,” Magats wrote to Foxx, according to Fox News.
It doesn’t appear that Avenatti ever represented the brothers, but any other involvement had may or may not have had with Foxx in the case has not been revealed.
Foxx is currently under investigation for her decision to drop Smollett’s charges by the local inspector general, according to ABC News. Her office is also in charge of the R&B singer R. Kelly’s case.
Now Foxx, a Michelle Obama aide, Smollett, Geragos, Kaepernick, Nike, and Avenatti are intertwined in this astounding anti-Trump web. This stuff is stranger than fiction.