Small dollar contributions to fund the legal fight between adult film star Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump may instead get diverted in a bankruptcy case, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has seen an outpouring of support through the crowd-funding website Crowd Justice. As of press time, 16,595 people have contributed over $577,000.
The outpouring of support had appeared to give Daniels a substantial war-chest for her battle with President Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Donors responded to Daniels’ appeal, stating, “I do not have the vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone.”
Now, however, those resources may be in jeopardy.
Orange County, California lawyer Jason Frank is attempting to collect on a $10-million judgement against Avenatti’s Newport Beach firm, Eagan Avenatti.
In a Monday filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Frank sought to collect all legal fees until he has received his $10 million.
Avenatti told the LA Times that the firm Eagan Avenatti has never represented Daniels, despite Michael Avenatti using a company email account to contact Trump’s lawyers.
He said that because Eagan Avenatti does not represent Daniels, neither the firm nor it’s debtors have a claim on the crowdfunded money.