Brent Blakely, a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sent a cease-and-desist letter to adult film actress Stormy Daniels following her “60 Minutes” interview.
During the interview, Daniels said she signed a statement denying the affair even though it was not true because she was told Cohen could make her life hell.
She also told interviewer Anderson Cooper that in 2011, while she was in a Las Vegas parking lot getting ready to go into a fitness class with her daughter, a man approached her and told her to “leave Trump alone. Forget the story.”
“That’s a beautiful little girl,” he added, according to Daniels. “It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, also criticized Cohen for allegedly intimidating and threatening his client.
“It is thuggish behavior from people in power,” he said. “You threaten someone — with a $20 million lawsuit, it’s a thuggish tactic. It’s no different than what happened in the parking lot in Las Vegas.”
In response, Blakely sent Daniels and her lawyer a cease-and-desist letter for insinuating Cohen sent the man to the parking lot to intimidate her.
“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 wrote, according to the Daily Mail.
His letter also called for Daniels and Avenatti to “make clear that you have no facts or evidence whatsoever to support your allegations that my client had anything whatsoever to do with this alleged thug.”
Along with amounting to what Blakely considered to be “libel per se,” he wrote that her comments on “60 Minutes” appear to be a play to obtain an advantage in a civil dispute.
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