Stormy Daniels called out her lawyer Michael Avenatti for his rampant shadiness

Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti are seen leaving the courthouse

Sometimes I get it wrong. I got it wrong about Michael Avenatti. I overlooked or ignored the warning signs: his thirst for the limelight, his temper, his Trump-like need for attention. I wanted to believe that there was a legit lawyer who took Stormy Daniels seriously, and that together they were doing their part to fight fascism. I believed in Avenatti for a time. I even left room for various conspiracy theories about Avenatti’s arrest for domestic violence (which, honestly, is still shady AF). Stormy was cautiously on Avenatti’s side during the arrest drama, but it seems like she’s had enough. She issued a statement to the Daily Beast about why she’s now on the fence about keeping Avenatti as her lawyer:

“For months I’ve asked Michael Avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund my supporters so generously donated to for my safety and legal defense. He has repeatedly ignored those requests. Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter.

“I haven’t decided yet what to do about legal representation moving forward. Michael has been a great advocate in many ways. I’m tremendously grateful to him for aggressively representing me in my fight to regain my voice. But in other ways Michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client. He has spoken on my behalf without my approval. He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. He repeatedly refused to tell me how my legal defense fund was being spent. Now he has launched a new crowdfunding campaign using my face and name without my permission and attributing words to me that I never wrote or said. I’m deeply grateful to my supporters and they deserve to know their money is being spent responsibly. I don’t want to hurt Michael, but it’s time to set the record straight. The truth has always been my greatest ally.

“My goal is the same as it has always been—to stand up for myself and take back my voice after being bullied and intimidated by President Trump and his minions. One way or another I’m going to continue in that fight, and I want everyone who has stood by me to know how profoundly grateful I am for their support.”

[From The Daily Beast]

This just made me sad. We really thought Avenatti was an ally, or failing that, we respected the way he zealously represented his client. But now it seems like Avenatti is as shady as they come, from start to finish. He’s breaking several big ethical rules by raising money for Stormy’s defense and then refusing to give her a full accounting of it. He’s also going to be in major trouble with the Bar Association about filing the defamation suit against Stormy’s wishes. Ugh. The Daily Beast contacted Avenatti about Stormy’s statement, and here’s what he had to say:

“I am and have always been Stormy’s biggest champion. I have personally sacrificed an enormous amount of money, time and energy toward assisting her because I believe in her. I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that. The retention agreement Stormy signed back in February provided that she would pay me $100.00 and that any and all other monies raised via a legal fund would go toward my legal fees and costs. Instead, the vast majority of the money raised has gone toward her security expenses and similar other expenses. The most recent campaign was simply a refresh of the prior campaign, designed to help defray some of Stormy’s expenses.”

[From The Daily Beast]

So he’s only addressing the issue about the fundraising and not the defamation suit. The thing is, Avenatti could be telling the truth about the fundraising sites and where that money is going. The problem is that Stormy is right too, and she has every right to know the full accounting of those fundraisers, which are in her name.

Stormy Daniels attends the Michael Cohen court hearing in NYC

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  1. Becks1 says:

    He always struck me as shady but shady in a way that could relate to Trump, so I was okay with it. As long as he stayed in his lane (advocating for Stormy, antagonizing Trump) I was okay with him, but when he started talking about running for president or immigration and stuff I thought….hoooo boy.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah exactly. I appreciated him as a foil to Trump but when he made his political aspirations clear, I was running for the hills.

      Stormy’s statement was perfect I think. She seems like such a smart woman and she has EVERY right to know where this money is being spent.

    • Isabelle says:

      He came off as the stereotypical slimy lawyer, which TBH makes sense he would be the oe to challenge Trump loudly. Slimy lawyer versus Trump, makes sense. …but surprised by the domestic violence accusations.

      • jan90067 says:

        That, I feel, is a set up (same way that Alt-Right guy tried to set up Mueller with sexual assault). This “Estonian Model” was posting to IG an hr. or so after this “assault” w/out a mark on her face (she claimed he hit her in the face). So, frankly, I’m not really believing this.

        Now, in regards to Stormy, this IS crappy. I do think Avenatti’s ego jumped the shark (with this Presidential run garbage). Yeah, no. We’ve all seen what having people who have no Gov’t/Diplomatic experience are doing. NO MORE!

  2. grabbyhands says:

    It is really unfortunate because n the beginning I think he WAS a good voice for her and her was the voice she needed to cut through all of 45′s BS.

    Too bad his ego got in the way. I feel like I hear conflicting stories about the domestic abuse charges, but judging by the face he’s shown recently, I’m inclined to believe that he is the kind of man who likes to keep the ladies in line, so I can believe that he would have gotten physical with a woman.

    His statement bothers me – I’m her biggest ally, but let’s talk about how this has hurt ME. I’m glad she’s distancing herself from him.

  3. Mishka says:

    I don’t care. I think he is gorgeous and sexy so I won’t use him as a lawyer but maybe a dysfunctional boyfriend.

  4. SM says:

    I agree. He is shady as hell. But. People who think that any of these people – Avenatti or Stormy are motivated by fight against facism, are settig themselves for an enevitable dissapointment. And it also applies to much more public figures who criticize the orange tyrrant and are saying all the right things. Many do that only to get attention and just be on the right side.

  5. anniefannie says:

    The moment he started to float the idea of running for President alarm bells went off but it’s much worse than I suspected.
    He lost the defamation suit he filed on Stormy’s behalf w/o her knowledge and now they’re required to pay Trumps legal fee’s, that alone is shady AF! His former partner is suing him for back fees he’s owed. This guy got waaaaay ahead of his ski’s and now is going to pay the price for prioritizing a national profile over zealously representing his client.

  6. Louise says:

    I like Stormy. She don’t take no sh*t it seems!

  7. smcollins says:

    I was always kind of on the fence about him. His obvious love of the spotlight didn’t sit well with me, but he seemed very savvy (in a good way) and was putting up a good fight in defense of Stormy against all the crap that was getting thrown her way. Unfortunately it all went to his head and turned into the MA Show, making it about himself in stead of Stormy and her fight against Trump & his thugs. The DV charges certainly don’t help.

  8. Roux says:

    I hope she finds a new lawyer and and finally gets somewhere with this. She deserves to! Too many women are reaching out and telling their stories, only to be shut down by men and this is just another example. Trump will use this to his full advantage.

  9. Darla says:

    I ignored the red flags too. At my age, I know better, and I am so disappointed in myself.

  10. Adrien says:

    I think he ruined Dr. Christine Ford’s fight. I also have some icky feelings towards Amy Siskind and Dr. Eugene Gu, the anti-Trump Vanderbilt surgeon.

    • Esmom says:

      I agree that he really mucked up things up with Dr Ford and the whole Kavanaugh episode. I think that’s when I really started to side eye him.

      She really needs to get rid of him, imo. And I hope he’s dropped any notions of running for president by now.

    • Kitten says:

      Dr. Gu is sketchy AF. Unfollow him if you haven’t already. Siskind is questionable also. I like how you grouped all of those people together, though–shady Twitter club.

      • Esmom says:

        I Know about Siskind but not about Gu. I don’t follow him but have seen some tweets from him that I liked. What’s his deal?

        Would you add the Krassenstein bros in your shady Twitter club? I sometimes feel bad for all the mockery they get.

      • Darla says:

        Yes Kitten, like Esmom I would like to know more too. I don’t think I follow Siskind, was she the one who did some shady stuff against Imani? I am going to look up the doctor.

      • Kitten says:

        I was trying to find the original Twitter posts from @DrMeowskis but apparently, she’s deleted them? Basically, Gu Twitter-stalked a woman (@DrMeowskis) he went on a few dates with under a fake profile (@MaryLauryMD), pretending to be a woman who was in love with…Eugene Gu. The fake profile he created was DMing her saying weird and inappropriate shit, essentially threatening her while saying how amazing Eugene Gu is. After this was revealed in a thread by DrMeowskis, he then attempted to clarify, saying that he made up the profile because he wasn’t attracted to this woman (insert body shaming here) and this was his *nice* way of letting her down easy, by pretending to be his crazy-ass new girlfriend.

        He’s THAT guy.

        The screen shots of tweets and messages he sent her were straight-up crazy, revealing a person who was strangely obsessed with Twitter “likes”,”retweets”, and followers and extremely thirsty for attention. Apparently, this dude was creating multiple fake profiles, posing as fans and defenders of Eugene Gu.

        This is some of it…try searching #GuGate on Twitter and maybe you can find more:

        There’s also been stories that he cheated on, abused and subsequently harassed his ex wife. He’s a creep IMO.

        Siskind is a very problematic white feminist.

      • Darla says:

        Thanks Kitten. Yeah Siskind is who I was thinking of, I don’t follow her on purpose. I will make sure I do not follow this doctor too.

      • Esmom says:

        Thanks, Kitten. Yikes.

  11. Jane says:

    He’s extremely shady. That doesn’t mean he’s not the right lawyer for some things; Stormy needed someone shady and press hungry to take on Trump and have it be news for more than a day.

    Everyone who even somewhat entertained the idea of him running for President had some serious blinders on though.

  12. Beth says:

    He’s shady, but that’s the way some lawyers can be, its part of the job sometimes. Although he is a bit shady, he’s still gorgeous, sexy, and his sharp intelligence and self confidence were part of what was so appealing about him. Being so famous so quickly and knowing so many people were interested in him was what made him a little too egotistical

  13. Lala11_7 says:

    The FIRST time I saw him on television…he quantified that “voice” inside of me that NEVA steers me wrong….three months into his media wh— floorshow…and Twitter flood….I thought….

    “He’s a younger…more attractive Donald Trump…GAWD HELP US ALL”….

    • Esmom says:

      Eh, I still don’t know if I’d go as far as comparing him to Trump. He’s sketchy and egotistical but clearly much more intelligent than our Idiot in Chief. And just more human in general than pretty much the entire Trump family.

  14. BchyYogi says:

    I feel the Shade is Shady! Come on- if it wasn’t for Avenatti, I don’t think Mueller would have gotten Michael Cohen. I think there is espionage against Avenatti, to demean his character. I’m sorry, but something is beyond fishy w trumPutin’s administration. I’m STILL team Avenatti, he’s fierce!

  15. Sam the Pink says:

    See, this is one of those times I feel special for being a lawyer. Ever lawyer I know, we ALL have had experiences with people like this guy. We can smell these people a mile away. Somebody who wraps themselves up in the cloak of “fighting for justice” while just self-promoting, trying to get ahead. We know them. They are vicious self-promoters who have no real empathy or duty to clients – only themselves. That is why I never liked this guy, never supported him. I wish Stormy had selected better representation, but then again, I’m sure he gave an awesome pitch.

  16. whimsigal says:

    I’m not Team Avenatti, just here to say that there are some questionable things going down in Stormy’s life right now. She recently hooked back up with her ex and since then they’ve made allegations about finances to other people who were the closest to Stormy when all this public feuding with Trump was happening. I’m not saying the guy’s not shady or attention-seeking to the extreme, just that there may be more here to the story. And I’m not saying that the financial claims Stormy’s making aren’t true. We just don’t know enough yet, imo.

  17. Who ARE these people? says:

    Ambulance chaser in good suits, always wondered how his energy stayed so high. Grateful that his work in part led to Michael Cohen’s downfall but I wish it had stopped there.

  18. Amelie says:

    Whenever someone goes on TV every 5 seconds to repeat their schpiel, that’s enough for me to be like “This isn’t going to end well.” I enjoyed him antagonizing Trump but I knew something was shady. He didn’t fool me.

  19. Keira says:

    Stormy was a guest this week on Savage Love, Dan Savage’s podcast. She was well-spoken and down to earth.

  20. The Other Katherine says:

    Ugh. BUH-bye, Avenatti. Don’t let your 2020 campaign materials hit you in the ass on your way out.

    As soon as I read about the liens against his old companies for large amounts of unpaid taxes, awhile ago now, I knew for certain that he was a no-goodnik. Reputable attorneys who care about doing things by the book don’t let that kind of thing happen on their watch. That’s Michael Cohen-type sh!t.

  21. Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

    A bankrupt/mobster politician with a tacky, plastic wife tangled up with a p0rn star and a shifty lawyer. This is more stereotypically ‘murican than any parody. I love how Stormy is the only one who sees this and embraces it. I wish the others would drop the “classy” pretence and admit they are as American as plastic cheese on a McDonald’s apple pie.

  22. CityGirl says:

    So, if money has been donated on her behalf, (ie, for her benefit), wouldn’t she have to report that as income to the IRS ? And expenses paid on her behalf, wouldn’t she have to report that to the IRS? Shouldn’t the attorney starting the crowd funding requests automatically provide legit accounting records for such? And if he doesn’t, isn’t is safe to assume he’s Shady AF? (Makes me sad to think it. But I think it)

  23. Christin says:

    I think pure greed is at the root of this. He’s living a very expensive lifestyle (per divorce documents, where he currently resides, etc.), and apparently he had a girlfriend hidden away for a year, if accounts are to be believed.

    Time will tell, but I think both his and Stormy’s 15 minutes are nearly up, and they both know it. I don’t understand why she did not cry foul about the defamation suit long before now. As for the legal fundraising, I always assumed it was primarily to pay him for weeks/months on the case.

  24. Pandy says:

    Need more than her tweet to convict him.

  25. april says:

    Kaiser – I was sad too. I also thought Avenatti was an ally and sort of rode in like a knight in shining armour to save the day.

  26. Elise says:

    I think it’s interesting that SHE says the original crowdfunding campaign was for her “SAFETY and legal expenses,” while HE says it was for her “LEGAL expenses,” period.

    I don’t know how he is in court, but I did see the interview he did on Maddow, and thought, “There is no way in hell this guy is ever going to get anywhere as a Presidential candidate.” Really flat affect, no charisma at all, no tone to his voice. It looks like he’s really good in still photos, but otherwise? not so much.

  27. Coffeelover says:

    He’s not a good guy. Google Tully’s Coffee where is was the owner with Patrick Dempsey which just closed one day and everyone lost their jobs because he wasn’t paying the bills. Walked away from paying suppliers which were small businesses.

    Plus a law firm bankruptcy where he didn’t remit his staffs payroll taxes

    I’m glad he helped Stormy but he is Trump 2.0. Grab them by the p*ssy or is it slap them in the face and doesn’t pay his bills to stiff the working guy.

  28. LT says:

    Evidently, Avanetti and I went to elementary school together. That’s all I’ve got.

  29. Jayna says:

    The defining moment for me was his Kavanaugh stunt. He was like a shyster lawyer who worked for The National Enquirer. From the get-go he and his victim were shady. And it hurt the legitimacy of the real victim. I disclaimed him as anyone I wanted associated with the Democratic Party. He’s a joke, and not a funny one.

  30. Darla says:

    I kinda agree with this too. I think they are both grifters.

  31. Kitten says:

    Yeah I mean..they’re probably like a lot of people: a combination of good and bad. Both seem thirsty for attention and probably for money. Both are interesting and intelligent people. Both have arguably sordid pasts. I don’t see either of them as a hero or a villain TBH.

  32. Christin says:

    This sums up my current impression of both. Sudden fame and money can really mess with someone’s head. They both have issues, it seems, and are as fallible as the rest of us after all.

    I really wanted to think that he had more discipline and balance than to take on anything and everything to which he could attach himself these past few months.