Michael Avenatti: Trump foe charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Chris Riotta

Michael Avenatti, a prominent attorney who became a figure of the resistance against Donald Trump by representing a porn star who claimed to have had an affair with the president, has been charged with allegedly ripping her off.

Federal prosecutors said in court filings Wednesday the lawyer took money from Stormy Daniels that she should have received as part of a book deal.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Cliffords, was not named in the case, though it is clear by the filings revealed Wednesday that she is the client mentioned throughout Avenatti’s charges.

Both Avenatti and Ms Daniels rose to prominence after the porn star sued the president so she could be released from a non-disclosure agreement she signed near the end of the 2016 presidential election.

Her attorney then became a face of the resistance, also representing families that had been separated at the US-Mexico border due to Mr Trump’s hard-line zero tolerance policy that began the systematic separation of migrants families in the region. At one point Avenatti was even considering launching a presidential bid, as Ms Daniels continued to discussed her supposed tryst with Mr Trump on daytime talk shows and nightly news hours.

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