Michael Avenatti, the outspoken attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, says the Russian government is trying to smear him in the press. Avenatti told The Daily Beast that people in the Kremlin have been trying to plant damaging stories about him in media outlets.
Avenatti did not offer concrete proof to support the claim, but said two media figures and a high-ranking American intelligence official have all told him about the alleged Russian effort.
“They’re doing it because they see me as a threat, a considerable threat,” he said. “If we weren’t a threat, none of this would be happening.”
Avenatti’s client Stormy Daniels is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Trump’s former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. She is looking to get out of a legal agreement she signed weeks before the 2016 election that bars her from discussing an affair she says she had with President Donald Trump. Trump denies the affair, but admitted to authorizing a payout to Daniels.