The attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump, said his client was physically threatened — although he wouldn’t go into specifics.
Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was asked by Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski if Stormy Daniels had been “threatened in any way,” during an appearance to tease his client’s upcoming interview on “60 Minutes” on March 25.
“Yes,” Avenatti responded.
“Was she threatened physical harm?” Brzezinski pushed.
“Yes,” Avenatti said.
“Was her life threatened?” Brzezinski asked again.
Avenatti then declined to respond and pointed to the upcoming March 25 interview for answers.
“Will you deny that the president of the United States threatened your client?” Brzezinski’s co-host Joe Scarborough then asked.
“I will not confirm or deny,” Avenatti said.
Avenatti also said that six additional women have to come forward with stories similar to Daniels’ — and some of them are also bound by non-disclosure agreements. Daniels claims that she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, but Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep quiet. She’s now suing to release herself from the non-disclosure agreement she signed because Trump reportedly never signed it, which her lawyer argues voids the document.
“We’ve been approached by six separate women who tell six stories,” Avenatti said. “We have not vetted those stories. We are in the very preliminary stages of determining the veracity of those stories. We haven’t determined if we’re going to represent them.”
He said that his legal team was still in the process of verifying the women’s stories but that there was no reason to doubt anything Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had to say about Trump. He said the team is preparing for “full-blown litigation.”
“We’re not going to be intimidated,” Avanetti added.
Cover image: Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, poses for pictures at the end of her striptease show in Gossip Gentleman club in Long Island, New York, U.S., February 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)