Stormy Daniels Is Crowdfunding to Fund Battle Against Trump

And her lawyer says more women may start their own legal cases
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2018 7:19 PM CDT
In this Feb. 10, 2008 file photo, adult film star Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

(Newser) – Stormy Daniels supporters can assist her with her legal battle against President Trump by contributing to a crowdfunding campaign the adult film star has set up. "I am attempting to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump and the intimidation and tactics used against me," she writes at the CrowdJustice page for her campaign, which has raised more than $137,000 so far. She says the money raised will not go to her personally but will go toward "attorneys' fees; out-of-pocket costs associated with the lawsuit, arbitration, and my right to speak openly; security expenses; and damages that may be awarded against me if I speak out and ultimately lose to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen."

Daniels' assistant confirmed to the Houston Chronicle that the campaign is legitimate, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told the paper, "We want a forum for her to tell her story to the American people, without a threat of being sued for millions of dollars." Avenatti also spoke to BuzzFeed News Wednesday, telling the site other women have reached out to him about possible representation in their own potential legal cases against Trump. He did not, however, offer any details about the basis of those hypothetical cases. CNN reports that at least 15 women have come forward with accusations against Trump ranging from lewd behavior to sexual assault; it's not clear if any of those women are the ones Avenatti claims to have been approached by. The White House never responded to Daniels' recent offer to pay back her hush money. (Read more Stormy Daniels stories.)

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