Adult film actress Stormy Daniels said Wednesday that her lawyer, Michael Aventiti, sued President Trump for defamation without her approval and launched a second fundraising campaign to raise money "without my permission or even my knowledge … and attributing to me the words that I never wrote or said. "
In a statement to The Daily Beast, Daniels said that "Avenatti was a big believer in many ways," but she added: "Michael did not treat me with other ways with respect and respect, which an attorney must show the client."
“Within a few months, I asked Michael Aventati to provide me with account information about the foundation, which my supporters so generously donated for my safety and legal protection,” said Daniels. “He has repeatedly ignored these requests. A few days ago, I repeatedly asked him to tell me how money is spent and how much is left.
“Instead of answering me … Michael launched another fundraising campaign to raise money on my behalf. I found this out on Twitter, ”added Daniels, who also said that she had not yet decided whether Aventi would constantly represent her.
Aventati responded with a statement from Fox News: “I have always been the biggest champion of Stormy. I personally sacrificed a lot of money, time and energy to help her, because I believe in her. I have always been an open book with Storm on all aspects of her business, and she knows it. You only need to look back at her numerous previous interviews in which she states that we talk and talk about her affairs every day.
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“The agreement on the preservation of Stormy, signed back in February, provided that she would pay me $ 100.00 and that any other money received through the legal fund would be spent on my legal costs and expenses,” Aventati continued. “Instead, the vast majority of the money raised went to her security costs and similar other expenses. The latest campaign was simply an update to a previous campaign to help cover some of Stormy’s expenses. ”
The call to raise funds on the CrowdJustice website raised $ 4,785 as of Wednesday evening. It seems that the fundraising page was dropped after the Daily Beast published a statement by Daniels. The website reported that the earlier fundraiser collected more than $ 580,000 for Daniels expenses earlier this year.
Last month, a federal judge in Los Angeles threw a lawsuit against President Daniels against the President, which arose from an April tweet in which Trump denied her claims that he was threatened by a man in a 2011 Las Vegas parking lot. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed that Daniels said that the man threatened to publicly publish her alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. Trump has repeatedly denied that a case has taken place.
As part of his decision on defamation lawsuits, US District Judge S. James Otero ordered Daniels to pay Trump's legal fees, which, according to President’s lawyers, are $ 350,000.
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Daniels first sued Trump to invalidate the confidentiality agreement that she signed several days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the sexual encounter that she said she had with Trump a few years before, how he ran for president. The confidentiality agreement included a $ 130,000 payment to Daniels from then-attorney-at-law Trump Michael Cohen. In August last year, Cohen allowed payments to Daniels and another woman, Karen McDougal, "in the direction" of the then candidate Trump, in violation of the federal campaign financing law.