He’s 'an absolute tool': Stormy Daniels' new attorney goes off on her old attorney in CNN interview


  • Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, called her previous attorney, Keith Davidson, an "absolute tool."
  • In an earlier interview with CNN, Davidson said there were unreported details of the nondisclosure agreement between Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, and the adult-film actress.
  • Davidson also said Cohen had encouraged him to reveal those details, but Davidson said he won't, citing attorney-client privilege, which remains in effect despite that he no longer represents Stormy Daniels.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, called her previous attorney, Keith Davidson, an "absolute tool" during an interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

Avenatti previously criticized Davidson's handling of the 2016 nondisclosure agreement between the actress and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Daniels contends that the agreement, which included a $130,000 payment, is invalid because Trump did not sign it. The agreement was meant to keep Daniels quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

Davidson previously represented both Daniels and another woman, Karen McDougal, who said she had a 10-month affair with Trump around the same time as Daniels.

Davidson spoke on the matter in his own interview with CNN correspondent Sara Sidner that aired on Wednesday, during which he implied the "whole truth" about the Trump-Cohen-Stormy Daniels matter had not yet been revealed.

Avenatti bristled at the suggestion, saying "Keith Davidson is an absolute tool."

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She says: In Touch never paid her for her story

Daniels says she was never paid the $15,000 she was originally offered by In Touch for the story of her alleged affair with Trump.

She says: Her sexual encounter with Trump was consensual

Daniels had said during the "60 Minutes" interview that she didn't want to have sex with Trump – but when asked by Anderson Cooper if the encounter with Trump was consensual, the adult film star responded affirmatively, saying, "yes, yes."

She says: Trump's lawyer threatened her and her daughter

As she detailed the aftermath of the alleged affair, Stormy Daniels -- whose real name is Stephanie Clifford -- described a moment in a Las Vegas parking lot when a man threatened her:

"And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.' And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone."

She says: Trump compared her to Ivanka

"He was like, 'Wow, you — you are special. You remind me of my daughter,'" Daniels told "60 Minutes." "You know — he was like, 'You're smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.'"

She says: Trump "brushed aside" his relationship with Melania

When asked by Anderson Cooper about Trump's marriage to Melania Trump, Daniels said Trump "brushed aside" any concern surrounding his marital vows. She said he spoke of his marriage to Daniels, saying:

"Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even—we have separate rooms and stuff."

She says: She spanked Trump with a magazine with Trump on the cover

Stormy Daniels confirmed in her "60 Minutes" interview the earlier report that she had spanked Trump with a magazine featuring himself on the cover.

She says: She was paid $130,000 in hush money

Michael Cohen has confirmed that he paid Stephanie Clifford $130,000 11 days before the 2016 election. A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission has since said this payment may have been illegal.


"I'm going to say it on national television tonight because what he has done by giving this interview is really unheard of in the legal profession," Avenatti said of Davidson.

"For him to go out and comment on two matters, one for McDougal and one for my client, after he was terminated from both cases ... to get his name out there or his face on television, is really outrageous," Avenatti continued. "And it's unethical and there's going to be serious consequences that result from it. I'm shocked."

Davidson told CNN that Cohen contacted him and encouraged to disclose the unreported details of the agreement to the public, because Daniels and McDougal had waived their attorney-client privileges by going public with their allegations.

Davidson claimed that after consulting with an ethics attorney, he still felt obligated to honor the attorney-client privileges with the Clifford and McDougal.

Avenatti asserted that the damage was already done.

"He was in contact with Mr. Cohen, who's encouraging him to go out on television and tell a story, presumably to support Mr. Cohen," Avenatti said.

"It raises a whole host of suspicions about exactly what's been going on between these two attorneys," Avenatti continued. "Michael Cohen can't appear on your show or any other show to answer the most basic questions, and yet he's trying to act as a puppeteer ... as it relates to Mr. Davidson."

Asked by Cooper if Daniels was willing to waive her attorney-client privilege with Davidson, Avenatti said that he would consider it but said such a move would be "highly unusual."

"I think if the president or Michael Cohen would waive their attorney-client privilege, we'd certainly be willing to do that," Avenatti said. "I doubt they're going to do it."

Cohen has insisted that the nondisclosure agreement and the payment associated with it was legally sound. Trump has denied any involvement with the two women.

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