Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says She's Been Threatened

Michael Avenatti also says his client will reveal the details on '60 Minutes'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2018 9:51 AM CDT
In this Feb. 11, 2007, file photo, Stormy Daniels arrives for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – If you didn't think the Stormy Daniels saga could get more sensational, think again. As President Trump's legal team reportedly tries to halt the adult-film actress's 60 Minutes interview—tentatively scheduled to air March 25, per the Washington Post—a new revelation from her lawyer adds another layer to the drama. USA Today reports that Michael Avenatti made the morning show rounds Friday on CNN and MSNBC, and an exchange between Avenatti and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has started quite the buzz. When Brzezinski asked Avenatti if Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) had been threatened to keep quiet about the affair she says she had with Trump, and whether those threats had included "physical harm," Avenatti replied in the affirmative to both. The attorney doubled down when asked about it by CNN's Chris Cuomo.

"The fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump," Avenatti said. He wouldn't say who made the threat, what type of physical harm was broached, or when the threat took place, but he promised "very specific details" from Daniels herself when her 60 Minutes interview airs. "I am confident that the American people after this interview are going to come away to have little or no doubt that this woman is credible," he said, adding that she wants to be "unrestrained" to tell the story of both the affair and the attempts to "muzzle her." Avenatti also told CNN that six more women have approached him (some with NDAs) alleging sexual relationships with Trump, though he says his team is still "vetting" their allegations, per CNN. (Read more Stormy Daniels stories.)

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