On Wednesday, Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a new lawsuit against her former lawyer, Keith Davidson, claiming that he colluded with President Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, while representing her.
The Associated Press reported that Clifford labeled Davidson as a “puppet” for Trump and that he worked with Cohen to have her appear on Fox News in January to deny the relationship after a tabloid ran a story about Clifford and Trump.
Clifford also claims, according to NBC News, that Trump was aware of the communication between Cohen and Davidson for his advantage. She further accuses Davidson of breaking client confidentiality to leak to Cohen that Clifford was hiring a new lawyer, Michael Avenatti.
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Clifford pursued a new lawyer with plans to announce in court papers that she and Trump had sex and that she had signed a $130,000 agreement to “keep quiet” about it prior to the 2016 election.
“Mr. Davidson abdicated his role as an advocate and fiduciary of his client Ms. Clifford and instead elected to be a puppet for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump in order to advance their interests at the expense of Ms. Clifford,” the suit claims, as NBC News reported.
David Wedge, a spokesman for Davidson, explained that Davidson is pleased that the lawsuit has been filed because it gives him the ability to waive the attorney-client privilege between him and Clifford.Yana Paskova/Getty Images
“Thankfully, the truth can now finally come out to rebut the false narrative about Attorney Davidson that Mr. Avenatti has pushed in his more than 175 television appearances and countless other media interviews,” Wedge stated.
“Attorney Davidson believes that the American people deserve to know the entire truth — and they soon will,” he added. “This lawsuit has made that happen.”
Avenatti told NBC News that Davidson had not consulted with or informed Clifford about his cooperation with Cohen following the signing of the nondisclosure agreement in November 2016.