This entire debacle involving Stormy Daniels, her lawyer, Trump’s lawyer, and Donald Trump himself is getting to be such a convoluted mess that it’s difficult to keep it straight.
It all began with the over-the-hill pornographic actress accusing Donald Trump of participating in an affair with her nearly a dozen years ago, and then failing to sign the non-disclosure agreement that he himself stipulated that Daniels sign about the incident.
Of course, like a great many of the “gotcha” moments that the liberal left have pounced on, there is little to no evidence that any of this is true.
Furthermore, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has been in the hot seat himself in recent days.
President Trump’s former personal lawyer asked a judge this week to bar Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, from communicating with the press and public about a pending lawsuit.
The motion for a restraining order, filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in California by Michael Cohen, accuses Avenatti of having a “seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity” and argues that his frequent Twitter postings and TV appearances violate California rules of professional conduct for lawyers.
The publicity is “likely to result in Mr. Cohen being deprived of his right to a fair trial,” the motion reads. It “threatens to turn what should be a solemn Federal Court proceeding into a media circus.”
Avenatti responded quickly — on social media. “The motion for a gag order is a complete joke and baseless,” he tweeted. “Mr. Cohen . . . can’t deal with the truth, the facts, and the law, so they have to resort to unethical, meritless motions.”
Avenatti’s issues arose when he offered to take on Daniels case, which is nothing more than a publicity stunt for her “Make American Horny Again” Tour of strip clubs in which the aging actress can perform in a dark and forgiving atmosphere and rake in the dough.
Now, as Daniels’ popularity wanes, the dancer/actress is growing desperate for cash – something that almost caused her remaining Chicago appearances to be canceled.
After her Thursday night performance, the Chicago strip club’s owner announced he had pulled the plug on her remaining shows over a disagreement about money.
“She wanted to renegotiate her contract because she can get more money now,” Admiral owner Sam Cecola told the Tribune via email on Friday morning.
But by afternoon both Cecola and Daniels’ agent, Danny Capozzi, said they had been able to resolve their differences so the remaining four Chicago shows would go on at the Northwest Side strip club.
In his late-morning email Friday, Cecola was adamant: “Let me correct the rumor that she was fired. She walked out on 75 guests who paid $20 and were patiently waiting to take pictures with her,” he said of the meet-and-greet. They were given refunds, his staff said.
Cecola wasn’t exactly impressed with Daniels show, part of her “Make America Horny Again” tour.
“I thought her show was nothing to write home about,” he told the Tribune just after the performance, questioning then whether the rest of the shows would go on.
Could this be the nail in the coffin of the Stormy Daniels saga?
We sure hope so.