‘We [a]re terminating our legal representation of her for various reasons that we cannot disclose publicly due to the attorney–client privilege…’
(Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times) Pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels has cut ties with parasitic lawyer Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented her in two unsuccessful lawsuits against President Donald Trump.
Daniels, who is under court order to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees and sanctions for one of the dismissed lawsuits, said on Twitter that she has retained Clark Brewster of Oklahoma as her personal lawyer “to review all legal matters involving me.”
I have retained Clark Brewster as my personal lawyer and have asked him and his firm to review all legal matters involving me. Upon completion of Mr. Brewster’s review and further consultation with me, I anticipate Mr. Brewster will serve as my primary counsel on all legal issues
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 12, 2019
Daniels provided no explanation for the change.
In November, she told the Daily Beast that while she was grateful for Avenatti’s services, he had sued Trump for defamation against her wishes, ignored her requests for an accounting of her legal defense fund and treated her with disrespect.
A few days later, she said they had sorted out their differences.
The following week, however, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero ordered Daniels to pay Trump $292,000 in legal fees, plus a $1,000 sanction, for the defamation suit that she had lost.
Avenatti released a statement on Twitter saying he’d informed Daniels on Feb. 19 that the law firm would no longer represent her.
Please see below statement relating to our representation of Stormy Daniels. pic.twitter.com/RgXd4DXf4X
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 12, 2019
Last week, Otero dismissed the first lawsuit that Daniels filed against the president a year ago to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement that she and Trump signed days before the November 2016 election.
Trump, through his lawyer Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about their alleged 2006 sexual encounter.
Daniels sued to void the pact after Cohen threatened to seek millions of dollars in damages against her for breaking the deal. She argued that Trump had never signed it.
Otero found the lawsuit was moot because Trump and Cohen agreed last September not to enforce the confidentiality pact. By then, Cohen had pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including breaking federal election law by making the secret $130,000 payoff to Daniels.
While the two lawsuits produced no courtroom victory for Avenatti, they did turn him into a celebrity. He was a constant presence on cable news for months and traveled around the country exploring a potential run for president.
In November, he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence, but prosecutors ultimately declined to bring charges. Avenatti has since said he’s decided not to seek the Democratic nomination.
(c)2019 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.