Stephanie Clifford, the adult movie star professionally known as Stormy Daniels, said her former lawyer colluded with Donald Trump’s long-term attorney Michael Cohen in a bid to make her lie about her alleged tryst with Trump.
Keith Davidson represented Clifford in 2016 when Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump in 2006. Davidson and Cohen exchanged a series of messages in January to have Clifford appear on Sean Hannity’s show and have her refute a 2011 article In Touch Weekly published that month, describing her encounter with Trump, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in state court in Santa Monica, California.
Davidson also tipped off Cohen in February when he found out that Clifford was changing lawyers and was planning to publicly disclose her relationship with Trump and in March when he learned that she was about to sue Cohen and Trump, according to her lawsuit.
“The disclosure of any information to Mr. Cohen regarding Ms. Clifford’s contemplated action was a clear violation of Mr. Davidson’s duty of loyalty and obligation to maintain Ms. Clifford’s client confidences,” according to the complaint, which was filed by Clifford’s current lawyer, Michael Avenatti.