Lawyer: Porn star faced threats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A porn actress who said she had sex with Donald Trump before he became president has been threatened with physical harm, her attorney said Friday.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election in order to discuss their relationship, which she said began in 2006 and continued for about a year.

Lawyers for Trump, in a filing late Friday, claimed Clifford could owe more than $20 million in damages for violating the agreement.

Clifford’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press his client had been “physically threatened,” but he didn’t provide details. He would not comment on whether the threats came from anyone tied to the president, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization.

Clifford will discuss the threats during a segment on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” which is scheduled to air later this month. Avenatti said he was confident that people would believe her after watching her interview.

“There’s the act and there’s the cover-up, and the American people are going to learn about both in the interview and beyond,” the lawyer said during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Friday that she had no knowledge of the situation and hadn’t spoken with the president about it.

But, she said, “obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously” and “certainly would condemn anyone threatening any individual.” Sanders said last week that Trump has “made very well clear that none of these allegations are true.”

Clifford filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles last week that sought to invalidate the agreement so she could “set the record straight” and has offered to return the $130,000 she was paid for agreeing not to discuss the relationship. Clifford’s lawsuit claimed the “hush agreement” she signed in October 2016 is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clifford and Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, but was not signed by Trump.