The attorney for an adult film actress who claimed to have had an affair with President Donald Trump said Friday that his client has been threatened with physical harm.
Asked on Friday by MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski if his client, Stormy Daniels, had been on the receiving end of threats, attorney Michael Avenatti replied that she had. Asked if she had been threatened with physical harm, Avenatti said yes.
The attorney offered no other details about the threats against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. He declined to say who leveled the threat against Daniels and would not say whether or not the threat had come from the president himself. Avenatti also declined to say if the threat had come from someone party to or otherwise related to the nondisclosure agreement that Daniels has filed suit to break.
Avenatti did say that an upcoming interview with Daniels on CBS’s “60 Minutes” would include further revelations about Daniels’s alleged affair with Trump. Citing two anonymous sources, The Washington Post reported that that interview is scheduled to air March 25. Avenatti said he was not aware of specific efforts to block CBS from airing the interview but “we've certainly heard through the grapevine and through others that it's been contemplated.”
“I think it will become apparent to people when they tune into "60 minutes" on March 25 as to the details relating to the threat and the American people can judge for themselves on who’s telling the truth and who’s not telling the truth,” Avenatti said. “And, again, we're not trying to silence anyone. We want both sides to lay out their version of the facts so the American people can decide for themselves what happened.”
Allegations of an affair between Daniels and the president surfaced earlier this year in a Wall Street Journal report that detailed a $130,000 payment, part of a nondisclosure agreement, in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election from Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to Daniels. Cohen has said that the money for the payment came from his own personal funds and that Trump did not approve the payment and was not aware of it.
The White House has denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels and Daniels herself, in the immediate aftermath of the Journal story, denied the affair as well. But Daniels had already detailed her affair with Trump, which began in 2006, in a 2011 interview with “In Touch” magazine, which the magazine published last January.
Daniels has since been more coy about her alleged affair with the president, filing a lawsuit to break the nondisclosure agreement, which she claims is void because it was not signed by Trump. She has also embarked on a nationwide tour of strip clubs.