Porn star Stormy Daniels testifies ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti 'stole from me'

27/1/2022 11:00:00 PM

Porn star Stormy Daniels testifies ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti 'stole from me'

to keep quiet before the 2016 presidential election about a sexual liaison she claimed to have once had with Trump, which Trump denies.On the witness stand, Daniels told jurors she paid Avenatti a US$100 retainer to represent her, with an understanding he would launch a crowdfunding campaign, which ultimately raised US$650,000, to cover her legal expenses.

Prosecutors showed jurors the retainer, which said that if Avenatti helped Daniels arrange a book deal or paid media opportunity he would receive"a reasonable percentage to be agreed upon" between them.Daniels said that after she received a US$250,000 advance for the book in April 2018, Avenatti told her by phone that he would not take funds from her book because he would get a"big payday" from winning the lawsuit against Trump.

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Daniels is known for receiving US$130,000 of hush money from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to keep quiet before the 2016 presidential election about a sexual liaison she claimed to have once had with Trump, which Trump denies. On the witness stand, Daniels told jurors she paid Avenatti a US$100 retainer to represent her, with an understanding he would launch a crowdfunding campaign, which ultimately raised US$650,000, to cover her legal expenses. Prosecutors showed jurors the retainer, which said that if Avenatti helped Daniels arrange a book deal or paid media opportunity he would receive"a reasonable percentage to be agreed upon" between them. Daniels said that after she received a US$250,000 advance for the book in April 2018, Avenatti told her by phone that he would not take funds from her book because he would get a"big payday" from winning the lawsuit against Trump. "He told me not to worry about it that he would never take a penny from me for the book," Daniels testified. She said that in Avenatti's view of her:"I was courageous and I earned it and I deserved it." More On This Topic