Stormy’s ex-at­tor­ney coun­ter­sues porn ac­tress

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — A day af­ter Stormy Daniels accused her for­mer lawyer of be­ing a “pup­pet” for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the at­tor­ney coun­ter­sued the porn star and her new at­tor­ney for defama­tion and accused Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney of il­le­gally record­ing their tele­phone calls.

The coun­ter­suit was filed Thurs­day in fed­eral court in Los An­ge­les — hours af­ter Trump at­tor­ney Rudy Gi­u­liani claimed Daniels isn’t cred­i­ble and has “no rep­u­ta­tion” be­cause she’s a porn ac­tress.

The com­ment drew a fiery re­sponse from Daniels’ cur­rent lawyer, Michael Ave­natti, who called Gi­u­liani a “pig.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was mar­ried. Trump has de­nied it.

She is fight­ing to in­val­i­date a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment she signed days be­fore the 2016 elec­tion.

The coun­ter­suit by David­son came a day af­ter Daniels filed a law­suit ac­cus­ing him of be­ing a “pup­pet” for Trump and se­cretly work­ing with Co­hen to have her ap­pear on Fox News and falsely deny hav­ing sex with Trump. The in­ter­view never took place.

David­son de­nied those claims and says Daniels wanted to ap­pear on the show to bol­ster her pop­u­lar­ity.

David­son’s law­suit al­leges that Daniels and Ave­natti de­famed him when Ave­natti tweeted that David­son “should have been charged af­ter his ar­rest for ex­tor­tion not long ago.”

David­son says in his law­suit that he was never ar­rested for ex­tor­tion and the tweet was “false” and meant to hurt his rep­u­ta­tion.

The state­ment was “neg­li­gently, reck­lessly and in­ten­tion­ally pub­lished in a man­ner equal­ing mal­ice,” the law­suit said.

David­son al­leges Co­hen il­le­gally recorded their tele­phone calls when David­son rep­re­sented Daniels.

The suit pro­vides no proof to sub­stan­ti­ate the claims and no de­tails on ex­actly when the calls were recorded.

David­son denies that he did any­thing im­proper while rep­re­sent­ing Daniels and said in his coun­ter­suit that she told him she wanted to ap­pear on Sean Han­nity’s show on Fox News to boost her pub­lic image and would do any­thing to make sure she could keep the $130,000 she was paid as part of the con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment.

In a state­ment, Ave­natti said David­son is “a proven liar and his con­duct is ab­hor­rent.”

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