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Stormy Daniels claims Avenatti filed defamation suit without approval

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Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney,
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  • Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels claims that Michael
    Avenatti, her firebrand attorney, had filed a defamation
    lawsuit against President Donald Trump without her
    approval.
  • Daniels also alleged Avenatti ignored her months-long
    requests to give accounting information on a crowdfund for her
    legal fees, and launched another campaign “to raise money on my
    behalf,” without her knowing.
  • Daniels suggested she is still considering whether to
    keep Avenatti as her attorney.
  • Avenatti released his own statement saying he was
    Daniels’ “biggest champion” and had “personally sacrificed an
    enormous amount of money, time and energy” for her
    case.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels claims that Michael Avenatti,
her firebrand attorney, had litigated on her behalf against
President Donald Trump without her approval.

In a statement sent to
The Daily Beast
, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie
Clifford, alleged that Avenatti had spoken on her behalf “without
my approval” and filed a defamation case “against my wishes.”

Daniels also alleged Avenatti had ignored her months-long
requests to give accounting information on a crowdfund for her
legal fees, and instead, launched another
crowdfund campaign
“to raise money on my behalf.”

“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,” Daniels said in her statement. “I’m deeply
grateful to my supporters and they deserve to know their money is
being spent responsibly. I don’t want to hurt Michael, but it’s
time to set the record straight.”

Read more:
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Stormy
Daniels arrives at federal court, April 16, 2018, in New
York.

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Wenig/AP


Daniels suggested she was still considering whether to keep
Avenatti as her attorney. After Avenatti was arrested on
suspicion of felony domestic abuse earlier in November, Daniels
said she would be “seeking new representation” if the allegations
were proven to be true.

Avenatti adamantly denied the domestic abuse allegations. The Los
Angeles district attorney declined to press charges and the case,
which is still under investigation, was referred to the city
attorney.

“I haven’t decided yet what to do about legal representation
moving forward,” Daniels said. “Michael has been a great advocate
in many ways. I’m tremendously grateful to him for aggressively
representing me in my fight to regain my voice.”

“But in other ways Michael has not treated me with the respect
and deference an attorney should show to a client,” Daniels
added.

In response to Daniels’ claims, Avenatti released his own
statement to The Beast. The attorney asserted he was Daniels’
“biggest champion” and had “personally sacrificed an enormous
amount of money, time and energy” for her case.

Avenatti claimed the funds from the crowdsourced donations were
intended to pay for legal fees and costs, but instead, a portion
of it went toward “security expenses and similar other expenses.”
He continued by saying the new crowdsource effort “was simply a
refresh” of the previous campaign and was “designed to defray
some of [Daniels’] expenses.”

“We reset the page as the focus of the case changed from when we
first launched the site,” Avenatti said to The Beast.

Avenatti, who asserted he had not “received a dime in attorney’s
fees” through the crowdsource campaign, added in another email
that Daniels’ “extraordinary” fees amounted to hundreds of
thousands of dollars “due to the high level of death threats,”
and “out-of-pocket costs” for litigation.

In her lawsuit against Trump, Daniels claimed he had defamed her
by suggesting she had lied about an alleged relationship with
him. A federal judge eventually ruled in favor of Trump and
ordered Daniels to pay for his legal fees. Avenatti said he would
appeal the case.

Avenatti and Daniels became household names after she claimed
that she and Trump had an affair in 2006. Trump has vehemently
denied the allegation. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal
attorney, admitted to arranging a $130,000 hush payment to squash
the story in order to protect Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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