Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Plays Coy on Whether Porn Star Still has Trump Texts, Photos

In an interview on NBC’s “Today,” the attorney for former adult film star Stormy Daniels refused to say whether his client still possessed text messages or photos related to an alleged sexual affair with President Donald Trump.

The attorney, Michael Avenatti, said, “yes,” Daniels did had a “sexual relationship” with the president, in response to questions from host Savannah Guthrie. When asked about proof, Avenatti was coy:

Guthrie: “Does she still have photos, images, text messages, documents, that verify this claim?”

Avenatti: “That’s a question that Ms. Daniels will have to ultimately answer.”

Guthrie: “Do you know the answer to that question?”

Avenatti: “I do know the answer, and I am not at liberty to disclose that this morning.”

Avenatti knew he was wading into boiling-hot water with that question, and his response was appropriate. The purported secret agreement, which Avenatti filed in open court Tuesday, required several things. First, it required Daniels and her attorney to turn over to Trump any such evidence in their possession. If that was not possible, they were to destroy it. Further, the agreement stated that Trump would receive the proceeds if she tried to publish it or provide it to the media, in addition to a $1 million liquidated damages clause for each piece of information Daniels disclosed. If that wasn’t enough, she appeared to agree to assign to Trump the copyright to pretty much anything she had which pertained to him, meaning he owns it, not her. That gives him the right to determine where it goes under the Copyright Act, as we previously discussed here.

From a public relations standpoint, disclosing any proof of the relationship would be huge. Legally, however, depending on whether the court vacates the purported agreement, it could be risky.

[Image via screen grab from NBC.]

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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