Michael Avenatti, attorney to Stormy Daniels, is making the television rounds to offer new insight into the adult film star’s quest to be free of the “hush agreement” she signed to stay silent about her affair with Donald Trump. Avenatti also offered troubling new details in advance of Daniels’ upcoming interview on 60 Minutes. Taking questions from the Morning Joe hosts on MSNBC, Avenatti made the startling claim that Stormy Daniels was threatened.
JUST IN: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti tells @Morning_Joe that his client has been “physically threatened.”
“I think it will become apparent to people when they tune in to 60 minutes … the details related to the threat.” pic.twitter.com/l3xGXjciS4
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Whoa. Did Donald Trump himself threaten Stormy Daniels? It wouldn’t be the first time such a claim had been made. In a 2016 lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump, plaintiff “Jane Doe” claimed that Epstein and Trump raped her when she was 13 years old and then Donald Trump threatened to kill her.
Here is the claim from that lawsuit (Page 6, Paragraph 23):
Both Defendants let Plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats. Indeed, Defendant Trump stated that Plaintiff shouldn’t ever say anything ifshe didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that Plaintiff had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having her whole family killed. Exhs. A and B
That lawsuit was eventually dropped. The defendant claimed her life had been threatened.
A woman who accused Donald Trump of raping her two decades ago when she was a 13-year-old aspiring teen model has again dropped a federal lawsuit over the alleged assaults.
The accuser, identified in the lawsuit by the pseudonym “Jane Doe,” was expected to appear at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, but that appearance was abruptly canceled.
The lawyer who organized the event, Lisa Bloom, said Trump’s accuser had received threats and was too frightened to show up.
Michael Avenatti also told the Morning Joe crew that six more women have come forward with similar claims and that at least two of them have similar nondisclosure agreements with Donald Trump, Michael Cohen or the cover-up LLC used to pay Stormy Daniels.
JOHN HEILEMANN: So two different lines ofinquiry.The first is related to the newwomen who have come forward andapproached you.You said there were six who cameforward.Obviously interesting there thesense that we’re interested inthe president’s behavior beforehe became president but in whatway does that — how does thatplay into the case that you’retrying to play out here?
MICHAEL AVENATTI: Well, I don’t know that itdoes and I want to be reallyclear about something.We’ve been approached by sixseparate women who tell sixstories.We have not vetted thosestories, we are in the verypreliminary stages ofdetermining the veracity ofthose stories.We haven’t determined whetherwe’re going to represent them.We are at the early stages and Iwant to preach caution which Ihave done for weeks now inconnection with this casebecause it’s very, veryimportant that we don’t get overthe tips of our skis inconnection with this.This needs to be a measured,thoughtful approach.That’s what we’re doing.
JOHN HEILEMANN: Taking that point on boardand asking this in a cautiousway, they’re similar in therespects that you have sixwomen — unvetted, you don’tknow if they’re telling thetruth — but have said, a, theyhad some kind of sexualrelationship with the currentpresident of the United States?
MICHAEL AVENATTI: Yes.
JOHN HEILEMANN: And B that they haveconfidentiality agreements thatkeep them from speaking?
MICHAEL AVENATTI: At least two of them.But people can claim all kindsof things and when there is asituation like this, there is atendency by people to comeforward and make up a lot ofnonsense and I don’t knowwhether these women are tellingthe truth or not because wehaven’t vetted them yet so we’renot going to take our reputationbehind them.What I will say is this — thereis no doubt, zero doubt, that myclient Miss Clifford is tellingthe truth, that she’s honest andcredible otherwise I wouldn’t besitting here right now.
This story does not appear to be going away. The 60 Minutes interview with Daniels is scheduled for March 25 and it would appear the interest in the story will only gain steam. If Donald Trump or an associate physically threatened and coerced Stormy Daniels (and/or others), the American people deserve to know. Buckle up, America. Turbulent times ahead.