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Giuliani says he won't go on TV with Stormy Daniels' lawyer because he doesn't debate 'pimps'

Rudy Giuliani attends an event in Paris on June 30, 2017.

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By CHRIS SOMMERFELDT | New York Daily News | Published: May 12, 2018

NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he won't debate Michael Avenatti because he doesn't keep company with "pimps."

Giuliani made the slur about Stormy Daniels' lawyer during an interview with Business Insider, responding to Avenatti's request this week to have an on-air discussion about his client's defamation suit against President Donald Trump.

"It would be very helpful for the public to witness a discussion between Mr. Giuliani and me concerning the facts of the case," Avenatti said Tuesday in a Twitter post. "I am willing to participate on any network provided both sides are provided a fair shake. I am also willing to do it on 12-hrs notice."

But Giuliani, who's the latest addition to Trump's legal team, wouldn't have any of it.

"I don't get involved with pimps," Giuliani said. "The media loves to give him room because he makes these roundabout charges and they turn out to mean nothing. I think he's going to get himself in serious trouble."

Avenatti fired off a sticking-to-his-guns response.

"Hey Rudy – it turns out I'm not the only 'pimp' you have experience with," Avenatti posted on Twitter with a widely circulated 2000 skit video of Giuliani dressed in drag and receiving a kiss on the cheek from Trump. "History evidently is repeating itself."

Avenatti represents Daniels, 39, in two separate lawsuits against Trump and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The first suit seeks Daniels' release from a Cohen-facilitated agreement barring her from speaking publicly about allegedly having sex with Trump in 2006. The second suit argues that Trump has defamed Daniels by denying her claim that a mystery man threatened to hurt her and her baby daughter if she didn't stop talking about Trump.

Giuliani further argued he wouldn't debate Avenatti because "it wouldn't be fair."

"I debate, like, really intelligent, skilled people," he said.

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