ZING! Stormy Daniels all but threw her lawyer, Michael Acenatti, under the bus with her latest accusations! If any of it is true this could spell out a lawsuit against the infamous porn star lawyer.
Just two weeks after celebrity lawyer and Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti was arrested for suspected domestic violence, which he denies and suggested is a right-wing conspiracy, the porn star client who made him famous accused him of having filed a failed defamation lawsuit against her wishes, according to The Daily Wire.
“Michael has been a great advocate in many ways,” Stormy Daniels told the Daily Beast Wednesday. “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. 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.”
Avenatti responded to The Daily Beast, “I am and have always been Stormy’s biggest champion. I have 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. The retention agreement Stormy signed back in February provided that she would pay me $100.00 and that any and all other monies raised via a legal fund would go toward my legal fees and costs. Instead, the vast majority of the money raised has gone toward her security expenses and similar other expenses. The most recent campaign was simply a refresh of the prior campaign, designed to help defray some of Stormy’s expenses.”
Stephen Gillers, a New York University Law School professor and expert on legal ethics, said Avenatti could face serious problems if he sued Trump against Daniels’ wishes.
“If he filed the case with her name when it was clear that she told him not to, then he could be sued for that,” Gillers said. “He could be sued for malpractice. If true, she has a malpractice case against him. I emphasize if true. And if true, he would be subject to discipline but not as serious as disbarment.”