Stormy Daniels threatened with $20m in damages by Trump attorney

Casey Dawson
March 18, 2018

"My client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump", Mr Avenatti told CNN on Friday.

Mr. Trump formally joined his legal team's response to Ms. Clifford's suit in a motion, filed Friday, to move the case from state court in Los Angeles, where Ms. Clifford filed her claim, to federal court.

Speaking on MSNBC's "AM Joy", Michael Avenatti said that Daniels' upcoming "60 Minutes" interview will lend credibility to allegations that have been brushed aside by the White House.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement.

News President David Rhodes' statement at a conference in Israel Tuesday was the first time CBS publicly confirmed it had interviewed Daniels, who has alleged an extramarital affair with Donald Trump before he became president.

"I don't think there has ever been in an instance in the history of the United States where you had a sitting president who undertook a personal vendetta against a private USA citizen who was merely looking for an opportunity to tell her version of events", Avenatti told MSNBC Friday night.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the President have claimed in court papers filed by his lawyers on Friday that the actress could be up for damages of at least $US20 million ($26 million) for breaching a confidentiality agreement she had with Mr Trump's lawyers.

Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Daniels $130,000 in 2016, but has insisted that it came from his own personal funds and was not tied to Trump's campaign.

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The White House has denied that Trump carried on an affair with Daniels.

Avenatti said he was confident that people would believe her after watching her interview.

The filing accuses Clifford of violating the agreement more than 20 times.

Asked about Mr. Avenatti's allegation relating to threats on Friday, the president's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said she had "no knowledge" about it, but "obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously".

A shot of Mr Trump with Ms Clifford around the time of the alleged affair. Cohen ignored the offer.

This week, Avenatti claimed six other women had similar stories to tell, two of whom were similarly under nondisclosure agreements.

Clifford's attorney said Cohen has continued to intimidate his client into keeping silent. Michael told Tapper that his law firm was in the process of vetting the women and their claims in order to make a decision about the validity of their cases and to determine if his firm would represent any of the women like he represents Stormy.

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