Porn star actress and stripper Stormy Daniels has accused her attorney Michael Avenatti of filing a defamation suit against President Donald Trump against her wishes. Trump won that case in October and was awarded attorney fees, leaving Daniels on the hook for a reported $350,000.
Daniels also accused Avenatti of ignoring her requests for an accounting of donations raised for her defense and opening a second fundraising account in her name without her permission.
Daniels made the accusation in a statement to the Daily Beast on Wednesday.
“For months I’ve asked Michael Avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund my supporters so generously donated to for my safety and legal defense. He has repeatedly ignored those requests. Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter.
…”Michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client. He has spoken on my behalf without my approval. He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. He repeatedly refused to tell me how my legal defense fund was being spent. Now he has launched a new crowdfunding campaign using my face and name without my permission and attributing words to me that I never wrote or said”…
End excerpt. Please read the complete Stormy Daniels statement at the Daily Beast.
Avenatti fundraising tweet Daniels spoke about:
In three weeks, we have a key hearing in Stormy’s case relating to our ability to force Trump to testify under oath about his role in the criminal conspiracy. This is a search for the truth. Support Stormy’s courageous efforts at https://t.co/lE9LHfEQVN
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 27, 2018
Avenatti issued a statement to the Daily Beast that said, in part, “I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that.” Avenatti said most of the money raised has gone to providing security for Daniels. He did not address the defamation case.
In a statement on Tuesday to the Daily Beast about the new fundraising effort for Daniels, Avenatti claimed he hasn’t “received a dime in attorneys’ fees” from the fundraising. Avenatti also said, “other out-of-pocket costs of the litigation are also extraordinary (and I’m not speaking of attorneys’ fees).”
Daniels is scheduled to perform in Washington, D.C. on December 3. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump years ago. Trump denies her claim. Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement about her claim and was paid $130,000 by Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen in 2016 weeks before the November presidential election after she threatened to go public with her claim of an affair. Avenatti initially represented Daniels in a lawsuit to void the NDA filed in March.