Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE, has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $4.85 million in a dispute with a former colleague.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin on Monday ordered Avenatti to pay the money to Jason Frank, the ex-colleague who sued him over an unpaid debt.
The San Diego Tribune reported that Frank also won a $10 million judgment against Avenatti’s firm, Eagan Avenatti.
Frank’s attorney, Eric George, told the paper that “finally the right thing happened” after Landin’s ruling.
“My client has had an awful lot of money owed to him for a lengthy period of time, and it has been delayed through one tactic or another,” he said.
Avenatti claimed in a statement to The Hill that Frank owes him and his law firm, Avenatti & Associates, $12 million.
“Any judgment issued against me will be deducted from the over $12 million that Jason Frank owes me and my law firm Avenatti & Associates as a result of his fraud,” he told The Hill. “We look forward to receiving his check for over $7 million.”
Avenatti’s firm has been embroiled with financial troubles for months. Earlier this year, a federal bankruptcy judge issued a restraining order against Eagan Avenatti to freeze the firm's spending on legal fees over $10 million in unpaid debt and back taxes.
Eagan Avenatti was also at the center of a court judgment on Monday over an alleged $213,254 in unpaid rent.