Michael Avenatti said Tuesday that his law firm was no longer representing the adult movie starlet Rainy Daniels, ending a collaboration that controlled cable television news and led to charges of campaign-finance offenses against Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer.
Avenatti said his office ended its legal representation of Daniels on Feb. 19 for “various reasons that we can not divulge publicly due to the attorney-client privilege.”
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“This was not a decision we made lightly and it came just after prolonged discussion, idea and consideration, as well as assessment with other professionals,” Avenatti said in a declaration. “We wish Rainy all the best.”
Daniels, whose genuine name is Stephanie Clifford, tweeted a number of minutes before Avenatti’s declaration that she had kept a new legal representative.
“I have actually retained Clark Brewster as my individual legal representative and have asked him and his company to review all legal matters including me,” she stated in the tweet. “Upon completion of Mr. Brewster’s review and further assessment with me, I anticipate Mr. Brewster will serve as my primary counsel on all legal concerns.”
Daniels taken legal action against Trump and his previous legal representative and fixer Michael Cohen to void a hush arrangement for an affair she apparently had with Trump in 2006. Trump has denied the affair.
Cohen has considering that been sentenced to three years in prison — for lying to Congress, tax fraud and campaign-finance offenses — in connection with the hush-money payments to Daniels.
It is unclear why Avenatti and Daniels parted ways. Late last year, however, they had a public spat.
Daniels exposed to the The Everyday Beast in November that Avenatti had submitted a disparagement suit versus Trump and Cohen without her consent.
A federal judge simply a month earlier had dismissed the defamation claim, and the president’s lawyers responded by requesting that Daniels pay $390,000 in legal costs related to the case. A L os Angeles judge ruled that Daniels had to pay almost $293,000 for lawyers’ fees and another $1,000 in sanctions.