CNN anchor and talk radio host Michael Smerconish got Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti to reveal that at least ten individuals have come forward with offers to cover any financial repercussions resulting from the former porn star telling her full story about President Donald Trump in spite of a “hush money” settlement negotiated by Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Smerconish asked Avenatti about the “disgorgement clause in the contract.
“What this essentially says that if she violates it, she owes $1 million for every episode that she goes out and speaks in violation of the confidentiality. It occurs to me that Michael Cohen may have made a wise business decision,” Smerconish noted. “Everybody is laughing about him giving her $130,00, if it came from him, but he will get a ten-fold return on that money if in fact she speaks and violates this agreement. That is not a bad return.”
“Michael, you know based on your experience that term — even if everyone agreed to it — is unconscionable, meaning so beyond the pale that there is not a court that would enforce that at that level with $130,000 at the front end and a million liquidated damage clause per instance, no court in California is going to ever enforce that,” Avenatti predicted.
Cohen obtained a “secret restraining order” against Daniels to prevent her talking about Trump.
“OK, if that is the case, then why doesn’t she come on a program like mine right now and tell whatever the story is that she is dying to tell?” Smerconish wondered.
“Well, I mean I think we may see that. I think we may see her provide a very detailed explanation of what happened, she is going to discuss what happened,” Avenatti predicted. “Let Mr. Trump come forward and provide his version of events and let the American people decide who is shooting straight with them and who is covering things up.”
“Has anyone offered, has anyone, including Larry Flint, but I want to ask this in universal sense, has anyone offered to pony up the million dollars to protect her and say ‘here, I’m good for it, go tell your story’?” Smerconish asked.
“At least ten individuals in the last three days alone,” Avenatti replied.
“Is she contemplating taking any of those ten offers?” Smerconish followed-up.
“No,” Avenatti claimed.