Attorney Michael Avenatti‘s most recognizable client is publicly distancing herself from some actions he ostensibly took on her behalf.
“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,” she said. “He has repeatedly ignored those requests.”
After the latest such request, Clifford said Avenatti not only refused to elaborate on how the money was being spent, but “launched another crowdfunding campaign” in her name that she only found out about after seeing the news on social media.
Though she said he has “been a great advocate in many ways,” she said she has not yet determined whether she will continue to retain his legal representation.
Clifford further alleged that Avenatti “filed a defamation case against Donald Trump” without her approval. She has publicly claimed to have had an affair with Trump shortly after the birth of the then-reality TV star’s son Barron with wife Melania.
“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,” Clifford said. “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.”
Avenatti responded to his client’s statement with his own, describing himself as Clifford’s “biggest champion” and adding that he has sacrificed time and money to represent her.
“I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that,” he said. “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.”
As for the latest fundraising attempt, he called it “a refresh of the prior campaign, designed to help defray some of Stormy’s expenses.”