Michael Cohen denies sending man to threaten porn star after adult film actor described menacing encounter in Las Vegas
Donald Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who spoke out on US TV on Sunday night about her alleged affair with the future president and threats she said she had received.
Cohens lawyer, Brent Blakely, wrote to Daniels attorney to say she had made false and defamatory comments, namely that he [Cohen] was responsible for an alleged thug who supposedly visited and threatened Daniels.
In truth, Mr Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred, Blakely said in the letter, according to Reuters.
Daniels real name Stephanie Clifford claimed in the CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday that she was threatened with physical violence after she first attempted to go public with the story by a man who told her: Leave Trump alone.
Daniels said she was on her way to a fitness class with her infant daughter in Las Vegas in 2011 when she was accosted in the parking lot.
A guy walked up on me and said to me, Leave Trump alone. Forget the story. And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, Thats a beautiful little girl. Itd be a shame if something happened to her mom. And then he was gone, she said.
In the CBS interview Daniels said she did not know the mans identity, and she did not link him to Cohen.
Later, however, when explaining why she signed a document in 2018 that denied that any affair with Trump had taken place, she said she was told that if she didnt they can make your life hell in many different ways.
Asked who they were, Daniels said: Im not exactly sure who they were. I believe it to be Michael Cohen.
Early on Monday morning, Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, the presidents wife, tweeted to slam the media for enjoying speculation & salacious gossip.
Id like to remind people theres a minor child whos [sic] name should be kept out of news stories when at all possible, she wrote.
Melania was not with Trump in Washington when the show aired. The White House announced that she was would be spending the week in Florida with their son, as is their tradition for spring break.
Trump himself stayed silent on the matter, although he tweeted generally about so much Fake News.
Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate, the president added. But through it all, our country is doing great!