When Stormy Daniels refused to let Trump and his goons label her as a lie-telling whore (“I’m a truth-telling whore, thankyouverymuch” is probably what Stormy would say), she teamed up with lawyer Michael Avenatti and the two became a talk show wet dream team who furiously worked the circuit in the name of Justice4Stormy. They stuck together through bad times (like when Stormy was arrested in a shady sting for doing what Stormy does at a strip club) and disgusting times (like when Stormy made all of us spit out the deep fried mushrooms we were eating by saying that Trump’s dick look like it should be wearing a blue and gold vest and a too-tight diaper). But it looks like the legal honeymoon may be over.
Michael Avenatti was arrested on domestic abuse charges earlier this month. He denies it all. At the time, Stormy said that she’d wait until the results of the investigation came out, and if the allegations proved to be true, she’d find herself a new lawyer. Prosecutors decided not to press felony charges against him, but the case was passed to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and they could decide to charge him with a misdemeanor. Even though the investigation against Avenatti is still ongoing, Stormy is thinking of dropping the former bald-headed panty creaming legal sweetheart of the internet, and it has nothing to do with his domestic violence case.
Stormy tells The Daily Beast in a statement that Michael Avenatti is more like Michael AveNAUGHTY (and not in a sexy way), because he pulled some suspect shit. Stormy says that suspect shit includes Avenatti talking on her behalf without her approval, filing a second lawsuit against Trump after she told him she didn’t want that, and refusing to tell her how the money that was raised through crowdfunding is being spent.
Stormy launched a crowdsourcing campaign on CrowdJustice earlier this year, and asked the people for money she said was going to be spent on legal fees, security to protect her from crazed Trump supporters, and damages she may have to pay for breaking her NDA with Trump. The campaign raised $587,000. Stormy says that she’s repeatedly asked Avenatti to give her accounting details on where the cash has gone, and he’s given her a fart cloud of nothing. Instead he’s started a second campaign without her signing off on 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.
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.
Michael Avenatti tells NBC News that Stormy got some shit wrong in her statement, but he wouldn’t really get into what shit is wrong. Avenatti also tells The Daily Beast that the money from the crowdsourcing campaign has gone to what it says it was going to go to, like hundreds of thousands of dollars in security expenses, and legal feels. Avenatti says he hasn’t taken one penny from the crowdsourcing money for his fees, and he’s spent at least $1.5 million worth of time on Stormy’s case (and he doesn’t include the forty five thousand TV appearances he’s done). Avenatti burped on:
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.
But he didn’t have anything to say about Stormy’s claim that he filed a lawsuit against her wishes. If that’s true, Stormy could sue him for malpractice.
Okay, I’m not going to pretend that my nipple tips didn’t get slightly al dente when Michael Avenatti hit the scene. Yes, he gives off stereotypical slimy lawyer vibes, but a non-ugly in a lawsuit vowing to take Trump down is my favorite PornHub category. But when he started spewing at the mouth about possibly running for president, that did it for former Avenatti-thirster Mieka and me. When somebody who has no business running for president announces that they might run for president, that’s a whole university color guard group of red flags. So Stormy’s accusations of sliminess aren’t exactly shocking. You know what else isn’t shocking? The two giant clouds of dust over the rainy skies in L.A. That’s obviously from Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom running roadrunner-style while trying to beat other to being the first one to give Stormy their business card.