Porn star Stormy Daniels had previously dodged questions from Jimmy Kimmel about an alleged affair she had with President Donald Trump. She even issued a statement refuting claims of a sexual relationship and the payment of hush money. In light of a new lawsuit, however, her attorney isn’t dancing around the topic.
“Let’s not bother to be delicate,” Today co-host Savannah Guthrie addressed Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ lawyer, on the morning show Wednesday. “Did she have a sexual relationship with the president?”
“Yes,” Avenatti quickly responded.
While Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and the White House have denied allegations of an affair between Trump and Daniels, Avenatti further told Guthrie that Daniels was indeed paid hush money to keep quiet on the matter.
Daniels, born Stephanie Clifford, filed a civil suit against Trump on Tuesday over the nondisclosure agreement she signed to allegedly keep quiet about a sexual relationship they had. According to court documents Avenatti made public over social media, Clifford and Trump had multiple sexual encounters from the “summer of 2006” to “well into the year 2007.”
The documents also state Trump used the alias David Dennison (or “DD”), but because Trump did not sign the NDA, Avenatti argues the agreement is now “legally null and void and of no consequence.”
Cohen admitted to The New York Times in February that he made “a private transaction” of $130,000 to Clifford in 2016, but claimed “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign” was party to it.
“We think it’s highly questionable as to whether it came from his personal funds,” Avenatti told Guthrie. “There’s no question the president knew about it at the time,” he added. “The idea that an attorney would go off on his own without his client’s knowledge and engage in this type of negotiation and enter into this type of agreement, quite honestly, I think is ludicrous.”
Guthrie pressed the attorney on the statement Clifford issued in denial of a sexual affair and hush money, but Avenatti claimed it was “demanded” she sign it. “Mr. Cohen demanded she sign that statement, and as alleged in the complaint, we believe it was done through force and intimidation,” he responded.
“I think once my client is able to sit down and describe exactly what happened here and the circumstances around that, the people of the United States and the world will know exactly why she signed it,” he added.
Watch Avenatti’s full interview on Today above.