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JUNE 8, 2018
Daniels is looking for notoriety. Stormy Daniels says in a new lawsuit that her former attorney betrayed her and became a "puppet" for President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer while still representing her. The filing Wednesday alleges that Trump attorney Michael Cohen "hatched a plan" and "colluded" with the adult film actress' lawyer, Keith Davidson, in an attempt to get her to go on Fox News in January and falsely deny she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
The lawsuit against Davidson and Cohen also claims that Trump was aware the two attorneys were communicating and coordinating for his benefit unbeknownst to Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford. The suit further accuses Davidson of breaking client confidentiality and tipping off Cohen that Clifford was about to switch to a new lawyer, Michael Avenatti, and announce in court papers that she'd had sex with Trump and signed a $130,000 agreement to keep quiet about it just before the 2016 election.
Dave Wedge, a spokesman for Davidson, called
the suit "outrageously frivolous." "That said, Attorney Davidson is very
happy that he has filed this lawsuit because he strongly believes that
the filing constitutes a full and complete waiver of the attorney-client
privilege," Wedge said in a statement. "Thankfully, the truth can
now finally come out to rebut the false narrative about Attorney Davidson
that Mr. Avenatti has been pushing in his more than 175 television appearances
and countless other media interviews. Attorney Davidson believes that the
American people deserve to know the entire truth and they soon will.
This lawsuit has made that happen."