The State Bar of California is investigating an ethics criticism introduced towards Hunter Biden’s legal professional and “sugar brother” Kevin Morris by filmmaker Phelim McAleer — who desires the rich Malibu lawyer disbarred for allegedly infiltrating the set of his film “My Son Hunter” utilizing false pretenses to collect data for the primary son.
Within the criticism, filed final week and obtained by The Put up, McAleer alleges that Morris, who made a fortune representing the co-creators of “South Park,” flew on his personal jet in November to Serbia, the place the Hunter Biden biopic was being filmed, and pretended he was an impartial documentary filmmaker producing content material for “South Park streaming.”
“Kevin Morris was Hunter Biden’s lawyer who used deception and misrepresentation to spy on a film undertaking about his shopper to collect data to assist his shopper,” the criticism alleges.
“He used deceit to safe such entry by not disclosing he was Mr. Biden’s lawyer. Mr. Morris used his cowl as a documentary filmmaker to hide his true objective: performing authorized investigative work on behalf of his shopper, Mr. Hunter Biden.”
A supply near Morris Tuesday confirmed that Morris, who lent Hunter as a lot as $2.8 million to repay a tax invoice, was one in every of Hunter’s “attorneys and trusted adviser.”
He claimed the ethics criticism “gained’t go wherever” and slammed “My Son Hunter,” a viral indie movie at present streaming on-line, as an “amateurish film [that] bombed.”
“[McAleer is] making a mistake taking Kevin on — plus he’s a humiliated producer who’s hilariously enjoying damage whereas his cruelty and actions do precise hurt to actual folks. He ought to go climb again beneath the rock he got here from.”
McAleer responded that he had been “completely happy to let the California Bar Affiliation cope with the egregious ethics violations however now I see Kevin Morris and his entourage have moved from deception to threats. That is alarming however not shocking.”
Ann McElhinney, the movie’s govt producer and McAleer’s spouse, mentioned: “Kevin Morris and his group appear to have limitless sources. He and his group flew to Serbia in a non-public jet posing as filmmakers to collect data for his shopper Hunter Biden. Now that this has been revealed, he’s clearly frightened. It’s a slam dunk breach of ethics.”
The Workplace of Chief Trial Counsel on the California Bar Affiliation has assigned a case quantity to the ethics criticism, which is at present being reviewed by an legal professional. An affiliation spokesman mentioned he was prevented by state legislation from confirming its standing.
The criticism alleges that, throughout a one-hour dialog in a Belgrade café, which McAleer recorded, Morris and associates Robb Bindler and Jason Kohn instructed him they had been “an impartial documentary movie crew linked with the creators of ‘South Park’ and had been making a documentary about Hunter Biden.”
“Mr. Morris detailed his previous work serving because the lawyer for the creators of ‘South Park’ . . . He had stepped again from being an energetic lawyer to pursue his first ardour for making documentaries which might additionally assist fill ‘South Park’s’ want for content material beneath their new huge and profitable streaming deal.”
Requested if the documentary could be produced beneath the “Trey Parker and Matt Stone ‘South Park’ documentary banner,” Morris responded: “I’m their lawyer. For 25 years. They’re good guys,” after which mentioned he was “assured” the documentary could be a part of a future “ ‘South Park’ streaming,” the criticism says.
Bindler instructed McAleer the theme of the documentary could be “corruption is corruption.”
McAleer subsequently gave Morris and his group full entry to the set for a number of days, permitting them to movie the actors, Lawrence Fox, who performed Hunter, and John James, who performed Joe Biden.
He estimates they left with greater than 40 hours of movie and audio concerning the film. McAleer additionally sat for greater than 4 hours of interviews with Morris and he and McElhenny had dinner with the smooth-talking legal professional one evening at a restaurant in Belgrade.
“Mr. Morris deliberately hid from us that on the time of this dialog and in the course of the many hours of filming and interviews that he was retained by Mr. Hunter Biden,” the criticism alleges.
“Mr. Morris deliberately misrepresented to me that he had by no means met or spoken with Mr. Hunter Biden . . .
“In my 30 years as a journalist, I’ve by no means encountered a lawyer who behaved in such an unethical method. This was not a spur-of-the-moment fraud. It was a deliberate deception and carried out over a number of days.”
McAleer says Morris’ conduct violates three guidelines of the State Bar of California and due to this fact that he’s “unfit to be a lawyer in California or wherever else” and needs to be disbarred.
Morris, 59, was dubbed Hunter’s newest “sugar daddy” by former associates of the troubled former crack addict as a result of Morris lent Biden cash to cowl his taxes and paid for the $20,000 month-to-month hire on his Malibu home. Morris has been serving to the president’s son navigate an ongoing four-year prison federal investigation by the US legal professional in Delaware into his enterprise dealings.