Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels Split

Daniels' lawyer became a big name after taking her case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2019 6:36 PM CDT
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels Split
In this Friday, July 27, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels talks to the media during a news conference in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Michael Avenatti, who became famous as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that he no longer represents the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with President Donald Trump. In the last year, the duo rose to become household names in their fight against Trump, dominating cable news shows for months and taunting the president in interviews. As conservative pundits hit back, Avenatti became Daniels' top protector and promoter, defending her life choices and job as a porn star, calling out hypocrisy against her and painting her as an American hero. Avenatti said Tuesday that he told Daniels last month he was terminating their agreement and had made the decision after lengthy discussions, the AP reports. He would not provide details.

Daniels said in her own post that she's hired another attorney, Clark Brewster, who will "review all legal matters" that she's been involved in. Brewster, an Oklahoma-based attorney, said he now officially represents Daniels and will "serve as primary counsel in all legal matters going forward." Before Avenatti began representing Daniels in February 2018, he was virtually unknown outside of the California legal community. But in months, he had become known as a no-holds-barred lawyer with a media style parallel to Trump's. He's since been involved in some of America's biggest cases, representing clients from parents whose children were separated from them at the US border to women who said they were sexually abused by R&B star R. Kelly. (A judge last week quashed one of Daniels' suits.)

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