The adult film star, who claims she had an affair with US President Donald Trump in 2006, said that her attorney Michael Avenatti filed a defamation suit against Trump without her permission.
P0rn star Stormy Daniels on Wednesday said the defamation lawsuit filed by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti against President Donald was not in consonance with her wishes, an allegation Avenatti has refuted.
Daniels, in a statement first reported by The Daily Beast, said that in addition to the defamation case, her attorney “has spoken on my behalf without my approval,” as well as started a new fundraising site to raise money for her without her knowledge.
In a phone interview with NBC News, Avenatti said he was surprised by her statement detailing the allegations, and said “a number of things” in it were “not accurate.” He did not elaborate on what was inaccurate.
“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,” Daniels said in the statement, obtained by NBC News. “He has repeatedly ignored those requests.”
A crowdfunding page on Crowdjustice.com was set up as the pair started their legal quest earlier this year to free Daniels from a nondisclosure agreement, in which she was paid $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. The fund raised more than $500,000 and has since been listed as “funded” on the site.
A second fund was created earlier this week and Avenatti posted a link on social media Tuesday, asking for donations to “support Stormy.” On Wednesday, it appears the fund was deleted and the site now lists a “page not found” message.
“I don’t want to hurt Michael, but it’s time to set the record straight,” Daniels said.
“The truth has always been my greatest ally.” Avenatti responded to Daniels’ claims, pushing back in a statement to USA TODAY. He said he had “personally sacrificed an enormous amount of money, time and energy toward assisting her because I believe in her.”
“I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that,” Avenatti said. “You need only look back at her numerous prior interviews where she states we talk and communicate multiple times every day about her cases.”
She said she hasn’t yet decided “what to do about legal representation moving forward,” adding that “Michael has been a great advocate in many ways.”
She continued: “But in other ways 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.
“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. The truth has always been my greatest ally.”