A 4chan troll is claiming to have tricked Michael Avenatti into believing he is representing a new Kavanaugh accuser. The moment the 4chan user came forward the conspiracy theory spread like wildfire on Twitter.
It didn’t take long for Avenatti to post a reply to the claim on his Twitter account:
Avenatti is no stranger to crazy and sometimes potentially dangerous attacks from the right. The attorney took his Twitter account private on Tuesday because of an increasing number of Twitter trolls and threats against his life and the life of his client.
The claims of a 4Chan prank came forward after Avenatti said he agreed to “represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.” He quickly noted that the woman was not Deborah Ramirez.
Hill Reporter noted earlier in the day that the women Avenatti is representing is someone who has been issued numerous secret clearance credentials over the years.
CNN’s Jake Tapper reached out to Avenatti and this was the response he received:
Asked @MichaelAvenatti about the rumor his new client is a hoax: “It never happened. None of it. No truth to it. This is a fabrication of the right because they are worried and they should be."
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 25, 2018
Twitter users who want to believe the prank is true said Avenatti received a “credible accusation” that he was scammed and should immediately provide proof.
Where is Avenatti's proof that he was not scammed by 4chan? A credible accusation has been made. The burden is squarely on Avenatti to prove he is telling the truth.
— Amerigo Chattin (@AmerigoChattin) September 25, 2018
Of course, someone saying they duped Avenatti is not exactly credible or proof of anything.
If you need more proof that the right is trying to rattle Avenatti’s cage, Big League Politics’ Peter D’Abrosca attempted to claim (he makes a lot of random claims that go unproven) that Avenatti locked his Twitter account after he was duped by a 4chan troll.
WORD ON THE STREET: Avenatti supposedly locked his Twitter account after his new Kavanugh "accuser" turned out to be a 4chan troll.
This is not a drill.
— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) September 25, 2018
Now we play the waiting game. Avenatti has managed to deliver on his promises and it’s hard to believe that he would fall for a simple 4Chan prank and then make a big announcement without vetting his source.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.