President Donald Trump is going for the big guns in taking legal action against porn star Stormy Daniels for violating a nondisclosure agreement, hiring the attorney who represented Hulk Hogan.
The former professional wrestler defeated Gawker so severely in court over a leaked sex tape, the media outlet went bankrupt.
President Trump is reportedly suing Daniels — her real name is Stephanie Clifford — for $20 million and The Washington Post reported that his legal team wants the legal dispute to take place in private arbitration, as opposed to Daniels now litigating the matter publicly.
The court filings show Trump added attorney Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in the case against Gawker that redefined privacy rights, to his team.
As expected, the porn star’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, characterized the attempt at private arbitration as a “bullying tactic” aimed at “hiding the truth from the public,” according to the New York Post.
But then, public scrutiny is the very lifeblood of their scheme.
Speaking of, to help ensure that scrutiny remains strong — not that the anti-Trump media is about to let go of this bone any time soon — Avenatti appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday to drop a bit of a bombshell.
In response to a question of convenience from co-host Mika Brzezinski, the attorney claimed Daniels was threatened physical harm prior to the 2016 election if she didn’t remain quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
“Was she threatened in any way?” Brzezinski asked, more or less as an afterthought.
“Yes,” Avenatti replied.
“Was she threatened physical harm?” she asked in a follow up question.
“Yes,” he replied.
The claim elicited a response from co-host Joe Scarborough, who replied: “Oh, wow.”
Avenatti was short on specific, teasing that details will be forthcoming in Stormy’s “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper later this month.
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