Insurer sues Avenatti over coverage of jet he used
An insurance unit of Starr International Company Inc. is suing Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to national prominence for his court battles with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo pressed on possible Senate run by Kansas media The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump digs in on Hurricane Dorian projection Trump’s mental decline is perfectly clear for those with eyes to see and ears to hear MORE, over the coverage of an airplane he used.
Starr Indemnity & Liability Company said in a court filing Friday that policies it wrote for the jet should be rescinded if allegations in a U.S. indictment against Avenatti over defrauding clients are proven true.
“Starr Aviation would not have issued the policies if it had known the aircraft had been purchased with embezzled funds or the funds used to purchase the policies had been acquired through a bankruptcy fraud,” the company said.
Avenatti pleaded not guilty in April to federal charges that he failed to pay taxes and stole millions of dollars from his clients. He was also charged with bankruptcy fraud.
Federal authorities seized the plane that month as collateral for taxes prosecutors say is owed to the government.
The lawsuit by Starr International Company names Avenatti and a number of other individuals and groups, including the U.S. government and Spring Creek Research, the plane’s co-owner.
Avenatti rose to national attention after he took adult film star Stormy Daniels on as a client in her lawsuit against Trump over hush money payments she received in 2016 after an extramarital affair she said she had with Trump years earlier.
Avenatti also toyed with a 2020 run for president, but ultimately decided not to mount a campaign.
Reuters first reported on the lawsuit Friday. A lawyer for Avenatti declined to comment to the outlet.
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