Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, published the contact information of a Fox News booker to his 406.5k Twitter followers early on Saturday morning.
At 2:03 a.m., Avenatti tweeted at Tucker Carlson telling the host to “stop lying” to his viewers over an invitation to appear on the show. The attorney posted screenshots of an email correspondence with Fox booker Kelly McNally that occurred on Wednesday, wherein she asked about his availability. Avenatti declined to go on Tucker Carlson Tonight, but told McNally he’d “be happy to” appear on Sean Hannity’s show.
Avenatti blacked out McNally’s email address in the screenshots, but forgot to do the same for the two phone numbers she provided.
Minutes after the screenshots containing McNally’s numbers were published, Avenatti deleted them and reposted the same tweet with the numbers blacked out.
He did not immediately issue an apology to McNally.
Freewheeling between media appearances, Avenatti published a report earlier this week alleging President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen received roughly $500,000 in payments from a firm operated by a Russian oligarch connected to Vladimir Putin.
The report was independently verified by The New York Times and other outlets, and sparked revelations that companies AT&T and Novartis hired Cohen’s consulting group to assist them in understanding Trump’s thinking.