Stormy Daniels is due to appear in Manhattan court in Thursday’s hearings for Michael Avenatti’s trial, after prosecutors tried to stop her former attorney Michael Avenatti from questioning her on “irrelevant” matters.
Instead, California attorney Sean Ernesto Macias, a prosecution witness who says he has known Ms Daniels for several years, testified on Wednesday.
He broke the post-lunch lull and gave colorful testimony, prompting laughter in the Manhattan courtroom. He said Avenatti jumped at the chance to portray the porn star in 2018, offering to do it for a dollar.
Avenatti took over representation from his legal team on Tuesday, saying it was “the best chance of winning” the case. The California lawyer is accused of stealing $300,000 of the money owed Ms Daniels for her autobiography. He is charged with electronic fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Avenatti rose to national prominence in 2018 representing Ms Daniels in lawsuits against Donald Trump. He was briefly a hero to many anti-Trumpers, but in 2020 he began a dramatic fall from grace that saw him sentenced to prison for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
Sean Macias says Avenatti wants to portray the porn star for a dollar
The testimony from the attorney, Sean Ernesto Macias, was expected to set the stage for Daniels to take the witness stand Thursday at Avenatti’s criminal trial.
Shweta SharmaJanuary 27, 2022 9:02 a.m.
Avenatti files motion to interview Luke Janklow and Stormy Daniels
Michael Avenatti filed a quantum meruit argument Thursday night against his limits on reviewing Daniels and agent Luke Janklow, president and CEO of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, a literary agency that represented Daniels.
The letter cites case law, saying its goal is “the law’s distaste for unjust enrichment” and says it supports its argument.
Shweta SharmaJanuary 27, 2022 8:51 a.m.
Stormy Daniels’ testimony postponed to stop ‘irrelevant’ evidence
Stormy Daniels was due to testify on Wednesday and former attorney Michael Avenatti was due to cross-examine her himself.
But Daniels’ testimony was postponed due to “irrelevant” evidence after the prosecution filed a motion to deny certain evidence from Avenatti’s interrogation.
“The government respectfully submits this letter asking the Court to withhold certain defense exhibits and the cross-examination of Stephanie Clifford, aka ‘Stormy Daniels’, on particular topics as they are irrelevant and their probative value is far outweighed by a danger of unfair prejudice,” the prosecution wrote in a letter to the judge.
Evidence would include the porn star’s financial statements, checks and payment of back taxes.
Shweta SharmaJanuary 27, 2022 8:29 a.m.
Witness says Avenatti ‘wanted to go big’ during Daniels meeting with Trump
Giving colorful testimony on Wednesday, Sean Ernesto Macias said Avenatti “wanted to go big” with an appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” about Daniels’ wish to go public with his sex date with Donald Trump.
“He said, ‘I’ll charge you a dollar,'” Macias recalled.
He called Avenatti “a handsome boy with a shaved head”, but said at one point that he “felt bad for him in a weird way”.
He said Avenatti gifted him a Cartier watch in 2018 when prosecutor Mathew Podolsky asked Macias if Avenatti thanked him for introducing him to Daniels.
Shweta SharmaJanuary 27, 2022 07:42
Hello and welcome to The Independents live coverage of the trial of Michael Avenatti in Manhattan on Thursday, January 27.
Shweta SharmaJanuary 27, 2022 7:16 a.m.
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