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Avenatti quits as Stormy Daniels’ lawyer

By AAP Newswire

Michael Avenatti, who became famous as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, says he no longer represents the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

In the last year, the duo rose to become household names in their fight against Trump, dominating cable news shows for months and taunting the president in interviews.

As conservative pundits hit back, Avenatti became Daniels' top protector and promoter, defending her life choices and job as a porn star, calling out hypocrisy against her and painting her as an American hero.

Avenatti said Tuesday that he told Daniels last month he was terminating their agreement and had made the decision after lengthy discussions. He would not provide details.

Daniels said in her own post that she's hired another attorney, Clark Brewster, who will "review all legal matters" that she's been involved in. Brewster did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Daniels has been a central figure in federal and congressional investigations surrounding the president and Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty to criminal charges for buying her silence.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleged she had sex with a married Trump in 2006, an accusation the president has denied.

She was paid $US130,000 in a hush-money deal days before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from going public with her story about the alleged affair in a deal handled by Trump's then-fixer Michael Cohen.

Daniels sued to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement so she could discuss the tryst publicly and Cohen ultimately pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for arranging the payment to buy Daniels' silence. He said he had done so at Trump's direction.

Last week, a federal judge found the agreement wasn't valid as he tossed out the lawsuit.