Stormy Daniels’s husband has filed for divorce, accusing the adult-film actress of adultery and asking for sole custody of their 7-year-old daughter, according to court documents.
Crain also sought and was granted a temporary restraining order against Daniels, whose legal fight over an alleged decade-old affair with President Trump has turned her into a celebrity.
While Crain filed the divorce petition last week, Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, addressed the couple’s separation on Twitter Monday.
“My client Stormy Daniels and her husband Glen have decided to end their marriage,” Avenatti wrote, saying the accuracy of the divorce petition “is vehemently disputed.”
“Stormy’s daughter remains her number one priority,” the lawyer said. “She kindly asks for privacy for the sake of her family.”
But hours later, Daniels tweeted that, in fact, she does not “need or want privacy.”
“I want truth. And it will come out. I’m not afraid,” tweeted Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.
I don't need or want privacy. I want truth. And it will come out. I'm not afraid.— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) July 23, 2018
Crain’s 13-page divorce petition states the couple’s marriage “has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities,” according to the documents published online by the Smoking Gun. He filed the petition July 18 in state district court in Kaufman County, southeast of Dallas.
Daniels, who is traveling the country for a series of strip club performances, had purchased a plane ticket for her daughter to join her on tour, Crain said in the divorce petition.
“This will involve the child being on her tour bus with other adult performers and producers,” the petition states. “This will place my child in imminent threat of serious and immediate physical or emotional harm.”
Crain asked for child support from Daniels, in addition to a financial award and a share of the couple’s property, Reuters reported. The temporary restraining order would bar Daniels from unsupervised access to their daughter and use of the couple’s shared home. A court hearing regarding the restraining order is scheduled for Friday morning.
Daniels had been scheduled to perform Sunday night at an Atlanta strip club but canceled the show because of a “family issue,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
After a performance at a Columbus strip club this month, police charged Daniels with three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron at a “sexually oriented” business in violation of an Ohio strip club law. An arrest report accused her of forcing the faces of patrons and police detectives into her bare chest.
Avenatti described the arrest as a politically motivated “sting operation” involving undercover officers. Prosecutors dismissed the charges the following day, and the Columbus police chief later called the arrest “a mistake.”
Following the arrest, gossip website TMZ noticed in the police report that Daniels had listed herself as unmarried — despite the fact that she was still legally married.
Daniels has been at the center of a legal controversy with Trump, saying she was paid $130,000 by the president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. The porn star is suing Trump and Cohen to void the hush agreement she says she signed during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump has repeatedly denied the affair. But in May, he admitted that Cohen was reimbursed through a monthly retainer for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels in 2016. Trump claimed the payment was intended to stop “false and extortionist accusations.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone in March, Daniels spoke about how her family was being affected by the media storm over the Trump scandal. At the time, she was still living with her daughter and Crain, in what Rolling Stone described as a “quiet community” outside Dallas where Daniels, a nationally ranked equestrian, has seven horses.
“My daughter didn’t deserve any of this,” Daniels told Rolling Stone. “[Crain] didn’t deserve any of this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an angel. I’m capitalizing on this.”
But Daniels said she “wasn’t in any sort of need to do this.”
“It eclipses everything else that I’ve worked hard on that I wanted to be known as,” she said. “I was very happily living incognito back home.”
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