Tucker Carlson is stirring up controversy once again, following reports that he and another man got into a restaurant scuffle over the weekend. Reports have it that Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel’s attorney, released a statement claiming he would represent the country club customer who wants to press criminal charges against Tucker.
From a video on the October 13th, Tucker can be heard saying, “you better get the f*** out of here!” After a few seconds, a man standing alongside Tucker grabs Juan Manuel Granados and pulls him up from his chair.
Carlson has said the incident did take place but claimed the man instigated a fight by provoking his daughter. Carlson’s son even threw a drink in the assailant’s face.
In a statement later, Tucker claimed he wanted to beat the man over the head with a chair, but chose not to do that for obvious reasons. Michael Avenatti was the person to release the videos on social media.
According to Tucker, he was having dinner with family and friends on the 13th of October, when a bystander came in and interrupted them with political attacks, personal insults, and other remarks.
On the way back from the bar, a man asked his 19-year-old daughter if she was sitting with Tucker Carlson. The person went on to call her “Tucker’s wh*re.” She returned to the table crying, so Tucker approached him.
1/2 – We are investigating an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and/or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in Oct. It likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law. Link to a portion of the incident:https://t.co/QcbCRHrplP
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 10, 2018
Michael Avenatti, who is known for being somewhat of an opportunist, said Carlson’s statement was “an absolute lie.” Michael was the lawyer for Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against Donald Trump, as well as Brett Kavanaugh’s supposed victims.
According to Granados, he was sitting with a group of friends at the bar and noticed that a woman from Carlson’s table kept traveling to and from the bar to order beverages. He claims she was “visibly intoxicated” so he asked her if she was alright.
According to the man accusing Tucker, the Fox News anchor told him to “go back to wherever he came from,” and threatened him with physical violence among other things. In the video shared on social media, Tucker does tell the man to leave the restaurant, but that’s it.
UPDATE: STATEMENT FROM TUCKER CARLSON VIA FOX NEWS REP
“On October 13, I had dinner with two of my children and some family friends at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Toward the end of the meal, my 19-year-old daughter went to the bathroom with a friend. On their way back through the bar, a middle aged man stopped my daughter and asked if she was sitting with Tucker Carlson. My daughter had never seen the man before. She answered: ‘That’s my dad,’ and pointed to me. The man responded, ‘Are you Tucker’s whore?’ He then called her a ‘fucking cunt.’
My daughter returned to the table in tears. She soon left the table and the club. My son, who is also a student, went into the bar to confront the man. I followed. My son asked the man if he’d called his sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘cunt.’ The man admitted he had, and again become profane. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.
Immediately after the incident, I described these events to the management of the Farmington Country Club. The club spent more than three weeks investigating the incident. Last week, they revoked the man’s membership and threw him out of the club.
I love my children. It took enormous self-control not to beat the man with a chair, which is what I wanted to do. I think any father can understand the overwhelming rage and shock that I felt seeing my teenage daughter attacked by a stranger. But I restrained myself. I did not assault this man, and neither did my son. That is a lie. Nor did I know the man was gay or Latino, not that it would have mattered. What happened on October 13 has nothing to do with identity politics. It was a grotesque violation of decency. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”