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Among those hitting the red carpet outside New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are Cardi B, Ariana Grande and fiance Pete Davidson … and Michael Avenatti?
That’s right: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer — who is not known to shy away from a press opportunity — walked the carpet alongside music stars from Camila Cabello to DJ Khaled and actors including Amandla Stenberg and Shay Mitchell.
Avenatti, of course, is best known for representing adult entertainment star Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump following an alleged 2006 affair, which Trump denies. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 election.
It’s unclear why Avenatti is attending Monday’s VMAs. He was not among the famous faces expected to be there. However, earlier this month, Avenatti revealed that he is considering a presidential run, saying he hopes people will take him “seriously.”
Avenatti talked up the elections on the carpet, telling The Associated Press that young people will play a “big role” in 2020. As for this year’s races, he’s traveling around the country trying to raise money for Democrats. His goal is to hit up 20 states; he’s been to four or five so far.
And the latest with Daniels? “She’s doing great. She’s in it for the long haul,” he said.
In semi-related political news, MTV will unveil “+1 the Vote,” its first-ever voter campaign, to “ignite the most powerful voting bloc in the country for the midterm elections” during Monday’s VMAs.
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