Talk about a Stormy relationship.
Speaking to the The Daily Best via a statement Wednesday, the Left’s favorite porn star (their least favorite being Jenna Jameson) said her attorney, seemingly-not-at-all-self-aware Michael Avenatti, sued President Trump against her will. Furthermore, she claimed Michael started a fundraising site for her legal bills without notifying her:
“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. He has repeatedly ignored those requests. Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter.”
She may want to think about dropping Avenatti.
Oh, wait — she is thinking about it:
“I haven’t decided yet what to do about legal representation moving forward. 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. 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.”
If she wants an ally in the truth, she’s paying the wrong lawyer. Avenatti has become somewhat of a blight on the legal profession by making outrageous claims and then failing to back them up (here).
Even though she was against suing Trump, she’s no fan:
“My goal is the same as it has always been—to stand up for myself and take back my voice after being bullied and intimidated by President Trump and his minions. One way or another I’m going to continue in that fight, and I want everyone who has stood by me to know how profoundly grateful I am for their support.”
He took away her voice? What voice? What I mean to say is, she isn’t a poet. Before the suit, her national presence wasn’t related to her voice. It was more along the lines of a different V-word. Secondly, as for the President “bullying” her, didn’t she start it? She came out of nowhere and tried to take the man down.
The Daily Beast sent Stormy’s statement to Avenatti, who responded thusly:
“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.”
According to New York University law professor Stephen Gillers, Michael could be in trouble if he in fact sued Trump without Stormy’s consent:
“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. 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.”
Also, doesn’t it seem odd that Avenatti created a site for Stormy to collect money that would go to him?
Michael told The Beast that the focus of the fundraising has been changed:
“We reset the page as the focus of the case changed from when we first launched the site. The money has gone toward the areas identified on the page. For instance, Stormy’s security detail has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially due to the high level of death threats. The other out-of-pocket costs of the litigation are also extraordinary (and I’m not speaking of attorneys’ fees). Trump and Cohen have spent millions in their defense.”
Avenatti portrayed himself via email as a martyr, claiming he hasn’t “received a dime in attorneys’ fees” from the site, and that his company’s “spent well over a thousand hours of attorney time on the case at a value of over $1,500,000 (and no, we do not count interviews or media as attorney time).”
Three such sites have existed on CrowdJustice.com, one having been closed after raising $580,000.
Apparently, these days, goofiness is expensive.
By the way, for a different porn star perspective on The Donald, here’s Jenna Jameson:
“I can say this… I first met Donald Trump in 2006 in my ‘prime’ by the pool at the Beverly Hills hotel. I was in a bikini and he was so unbelievably respectful. He told me he thought I was incredibly smart and thought I had an incredible business acumen.”
I can say this… I first met Donald Trump in 2006 in my “prime” by the pool at the Beverly Hills hotel. I was in a bikini and he was so unbelievably respectful. He told me he thought I was incredibly smart and thought I had an incredible business acumen. https://t.co/pFglCAywOU
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) January 17, 2018
Lastly, if you were wondering about her thoughts on Stormy’s war against Trump, here ya go:
“I actually think it’s career suicide. The left looks at her as a whore and just uses her to try to discredit the president. The right look at her like a treacherous rat. It’s a lose lose. Should have kept her trap shut.”
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