Adult industry star Stormy Daniels has filed a new lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging her former attorney was a "puppet" for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen, NBC News reported Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that Beverly Hills lawyer Keith Davidson had "colluded" with Cohen to strong-arm Daniels into making false statements on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.
Davidson allegedly "hatched a plan" for Daniels to falsely deny an affair with Trump.
The complaint even included a text message that reportedly shows Cohen referring to Davidson as a "pal."
The text messages attached to the lawsuit came from January 17, 2018. That same day, In Touch Magazine resurrected an interview with Daniels that discussed the alleged affair.
“[The sex] was textbook generic,” she said. “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.'”
The text messages reportedly go back and forth for hours, discussing details of getting Daniels on TV with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
"Mr. Davidson abdicated his role as an advocate and fiduciary of his client Ms. Clifford and instead elected to be a puppet for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump in order to advance their interests at the expense of Ms. Clifford," the suit says.
In one text message, Cohen says he is with "flotus" (sic), which generally refers to the First Lady of the United States.
"Press reports from that date indicate both Cohen and Melania Trump were at Mar-a-Lago. The suit speculates that Cohen was there to meet with the first lady and prepare her for news of the lawsuit but does not include substantiation," NBC noted.
Michael Avenatti, who is now representing Daniels, blasted the "lies" coming from Trump and Cohen.
"These text messages show that the prior denials by Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen relating to what Mr. Trump knew and about the honesty of my client were absolute lies," Avenatti said. "There was a significant cover-up here as part of an attempt to deceive the American people and Mrs. Trump and we intend on getting to the bottom of it."