May 21, 2024

Ex-Stormy Daniels Lawyer Accuses Her of ‘Falsification of Business Records’

Former Stormy Daniels lawyer and convicted felon Michael Avenatti on Tuesday accused the porn star of participating in “falsification of business records, wire fraud, and fraudulent transfers” to defraud former President Donald Trump out of cash she allegedly obtained from a documentary.

Avenatti’s surprising assertion, launched from behind bars, got here as his former shopper took the stand to testify towards Trump in his enterprise data trial on Tuesday, during which Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsification of enterprise data – the identical cost Avenatti accuses Daniels of.

He claimed to have been contacted in June 2023 by a producer named Sarah Gibson about taking part in a documentary about Daniels. IMBD lists the director of the 2024 documentary Stormy on Peacock as Sarah Gibson.

“I was particularly interested in knowing whether the project was going to be legitimate and fair, or instead, a puff piece designed to put Daniels in a favorable light while ignoring facts and trashing me and Donald Trump. I wanted nothing to do with the project if it was the latter,” he wrote close to the highest of his assertion.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing an alleged R. Kelly victim, speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after the R&B singer entered a not guilty plea to all 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who’s representing an alleged R. Kelly sufferer, speaks to reporters on the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago after the R&B singer entered a not responsible plea to all 10 counts of aggravated prison sexual abuse, Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times through AP)

Avenatti stated his first query to Gibson was if Daniels was being paid, including that if she was, he didn’t need to take part as a result of he felt like that might point out it “would be one-sided.”

The incarcerated lawyer, who was sentenced to 14 years in 2022 after being convicted of stealing thousands and thousands from his shoppers, charged that Gibson admitted to him a plan the place Daniels could be paid in secret for her position within the documentary as a result of she owed Trump a big sum on a judgment he had been attempting to gather:

Ms. Gibson instructed me that Daniels was being paid for the documentary, however that as a result of she owed Trump lots of of hundreds of {dollars} from a judgment Trump was attempting to gather from Daniels, they – Daniels, Gibson and others – had give you a plan that might enable Daniels to be secretly paid, whereas on the similar time preserving the cost(s) from Trump and his attorneys.

Avenatti additional claimed Gibson “told me that they had fictionally ‘optioned’ the rights to Daniels’ book and then routed the money Daniels demanded through a fabricated ‘trust’ that had been set-up in the name of Daniels’ daughter – all to hide the money from Trump and avoid paying the judgment.”

Avenatti stated Gibson was “admitting” engagement in “multiple overt criminal acts” in the course of the alleged dialog:

A lady I had by no means met or spoken to earlier than was admitting to me, on a recorded line, that Daniels, she and others had engaged in a number of overt prison acts (state and federal), together with falsification of enterprise data, wire fraud, and fraudulent transfers, all in an effort to defraud Trump and keep away from paying him what he was legally due. Due to the fraud, I declined to take part within the documentary.

The disgraced former lawyer stated, “there is every reason to believe” what Gibson allegedly instructed him on the afternoon of June 25, 2023, is true and questioned how Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg might “possibly rely on the testimony of Daniels,” alleging she is “guilty of fraud and recently falsifying business records to cover up a crime.”

“Further, will DA Bragg or others be promptly filing criminal charges against Daniels or others involved in this scheme?” He wrote.