- Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti revealed that artist Juan
Manuel Granados is the man who is accusing Tucker Carlson of
assault at a Virginia country club.
- Granados previously made headlines when he and his partner
successfully sued a Virginia health club after it revoked their
- Granados says he plans to take legal action against Carlson,
his son, and another man who was allegedly involved in the
Virginia country club incident.
On Sunday, celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti revealed the
identity of the man who leveled
bombshell assault allegations against Fox News host Tucker
Granados is alleging that Carlson, his son, and a currently
assaulted him at the Farmington Country Club in
Charlottesville, Virginia in October.
In a lengthy statement,
Carlson said that he did not assault anyone, but admitted
that his son dumped a glass of wine on Granados’ head after
Granados allegedly called his teenage daughter a “f—ing c—.”
Not much about Granados, who describes himself as a visual artist, is publicly
available, but an
ABC report from 2012 indicates that he successfully filed
suit against the Roanoke Athletic Club in Virginia making claims
of breach of contract and discrimination.
Granados and his partner Will Trinkle reportedly sued the
athletic club after it revoked a discounted “family membership”
that was sold to Granados, Trinkle, and their child. The couple
said they were told their membership was revoked because a
“family” was defined as a “husband, wife, and their children ages
21 and younger.”
After being notified of the suit, the club changed their “family
membership” to a “household membership” for the same price that
was not gender specific, according to ABC.
After Business Insider reached out to Avenatti about the 2012
suit, Avenatti tweeted
a link to the ABC report, writing that “Juan is a leader in the
community who has a history of standing up for what is right. He
is a very good man.”
Fox News declined to comment for this story.
Earlier on Sunday, Avenatti released a lengthy statement from
Granados in which he was named for the first time. “I am a
proud gay member of the Latino community and am also an
immigrant,” Granados said in the statement.
Granados went on to call Carlson’s account of their dispute “a
In the statement, Granados completely denied calling Carlson’s
daughter “a ‘whore’ or anything approximating to that,” a key
element of Carlson’s account.
Granados continued: “I intend on pursuing possible charges
against Tucker for assault, against his son for assault and
battery, and against his ‘friend’ for assault and battery.”
Avenatti and Granados claim that Carlson made physical threats
that they believe constitute assault. They say that
Carlson’s son committed battery when he dumped wine on Granados’
head. They have also leveled charges of battery against an
unidentified man who they say can be seen in the video grabbing
Granados and pulling him off of his chair at the country club.
Meanwhile, Carlson said Granados stopped his daughter when she
was on her way back from the restroom and asked her if she was
sitting with the Fox News host.
When his daughter responded, “That’s my dad,” Carlson said the
man asked her, “Are you Tucker’s whore?” and called her a