Stormy Daniels announces Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster as her new lawyer

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON-Michael Avenatti, who became famous as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that he no longer represents the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

"Upon completion of Mr. Brewster's review and further consultation with me, I anticipate Mr. Brewster will serve as my primary counsel on all legal issues", she said.

Subsequently, Avenatti tweeted a statement that said he informed Daniels "in writing" on February 19 that he was "terminating.legal representation of her for various reasons that we can not disclose publicly due to attorney-client privilege".

"This was not a decision we made lightly and it came only after lengthy discussion, thought and deliberation, as well as consultation with other professionals", Avenatti said.

He added: "We wish Stormy all the best".

Daniels also announced today that she has brought on new legal representation for future matters.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleged she had an affair with a married Trump in 2006, an accusation the president has denied.

Avenatti did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Yahoo News.

Stormy Daniels speaks to the media along with lawyer Michael Avenatti outside federal court in the Manhattan in 2018.

Last week, the same federal judge, S. James Otero, dismissed Daniels' lawsuit seeking to void the hush-money agreement. She was paid $130,000 in a hush-money deal days before the 2016 presidential election by Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. On Monday, Clark Brewster and two lawyers from his Oklahoma-based firm entered their appearances on Daniels's behalf for another lawsuit filed against Trump, a libel suit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Cohen has accused the president of directing him to make the payments, though Trump initially maintained he knew nothing of the arrangement and later claimed the payments were not related to the campaign.

Avenatti was arrested in November on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles when a woman he was dating said he dragged her across the floor of his apartment after an argument over money. A judge ruled in October that the president's statement was "rhetorical hyperbole" against a political adversary and was protected speech under the First Amendment.

"In retrospect, while the sentence could have been clearer regarding the time frames, the sentence is true, and Mr. Cohen stands by his statement", wrote Michael Monico, Cohen's attorney, in a letter to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings that was obtained by CNN.

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