In a separate filing with the court earlier this week, Warren said "there has been an unresolvable conflict of interest for his company" that "requires our withdrawal as a lawyer." However, he wrote before the company learned of the conflict that he "already intended" to ask for relief because he was not being paid.
The details of the conflict have not been released. District judge Jesse Furman ordered a conference call on August 7 to discuss the matter.
Avenatti was neglected when Warren was in his former law firm. Warren said he continued the case when he switched to his current Los Angeles-based company just because the process was so tight.
Past delays due to the coronavirus pandemic and possible future setbacks have changed Warren’s circumstances. His company, Warren Terzian, has no office in New York "and we don't expect compensation in this case," he wrote.
Furman allowed Avenatti, who has flaunted a life of luxury in recent years, to file his affidavit under seal. The explanation is needed to verify his claim that he cannot afford a private lawyer.
The next lawsuit against Avenatti is scheduled to start in October, but is expected to be postponed. In the upcoming trial, he is charged with cheating adult film actress Stormy Daniels over a book contract. Prosecutors said Avenatti paid his own debts and expenses with stolen money.
Avenatti made a name for himself as a representative of Daniels, who claimed she was having an affair with Donald Trump before he became president, an allegation that Trump has repeatedly denied. Daniels received a hush money payment from Trump's former lawyer and confidante Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a plea before a federal court in 2018, Cohen admitted paying Daniels and another woman.
After becoming a pronounced Trump critic of Daniel's case, Avenatti suffered a personal and professional fall that was involved in legal and criminal cases in New York and Los Angeles.
He was convicted in February of attempted extortion, intergovernmental communications with the intention of extortion, and honest service fraud. Avenatti has been accused of demanding up to $ 25 million from the sportswear company Nike, under threat of uncovering an alleged internal scandal.