NEW YORK — Stormy Daniels — appearing bright, intelligent and very believable — spoke today on ABC's “The View,” along with her attorney, Michael Avenatti, both offering a rundown of recent events that led authorities to raid President Trump’s personal attorney’s office, home and hotel room.
Daniels and her attorney also revealed the sketch of the man who allegedly threatened the adult superstar as part of an effort to cover up her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006, signed a nondisclosure agreement over the alleged encounter in the days ahead of the 2016 election. She received a $130,000 payment from Cohen.
Asked on “The View” why she was speaking out even though it could lead to $1 million in penalties based on the NDA, Daniels said she was tired of being bullied.
“Because I'm tired of being threatened and intimidating me and trying to say that you'll ruin my life and take my, you know, all my money and my house and whatever,” Daniels said. “I’m sorry, I’m done. I’m done being bullied. Done.”
The release of the black-and-white sketch comes as Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, was being investigated by federal authorities who could reveal the inner dealings of Trump’s longtime image protector.
Daniels claims a man in a hoodie — who was between 5’9” and 6’ tall, “lean and fit,” is in his 30s to early 40s and has light facial hair — approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 and warned her to “leave Mr. Trump alone.”
Daniels said the threat occurred shortly after she had agreed in May to sell her story about Trump to a magazine for $15,000.
On “The View,” Daniels said that she was stunned by the man depicted in the sketch as he approached her out of nowhere.
“I wasn’t even that scared at that moment because it was just so shocking,” Daniels said. “I was like, wait, that didn't go like I thought it was going to.”
Daniels teared up when talking about the extra burden of hiring body guards and the costs associated with these threats.
“I was really rattled,” said Daniels, adding that the incident “never left me.”
Avenatti said that Daniels’ camp is now offering $100,000 for information leading to the man’s identification (he asked that anyone with information send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org).
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Monday heard arguments over what should happen to records, including multiple electronic records, seized from Cohen in a series of raids.
Avenatti explained that Daniels appearance at Cohen’s court hearing on Monday was to “make sure” people knew she was taking the case seriously.
“It was very important that Stormy was there to lend our support for the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office and to send a message that this is not a publicity stunt,” Avenatti said.
“This is serious business; there’s a lot at stake here," Avenatti said. "These documents that are at issue could prove to be critically important as it relates to the future of the presidency.”
Check out the full video of today’s “The View” here.