Stormy Daniels made her first live appearance on television Tuesday on The View, and co-host Meghan McCain pressed whether she and lawyer Michael Avenatti are running a publicity stunt.
When asked why she was speaking out on the View, porn star Stormy — real name Stephanie Clifford — explained, “I’m tired of being threatened. And intimidating me and trying to say that you’ll ruin my life and take all my money and my house and whatever.”
“I’m sorry, I’m done. I’m done being bullied. Done.”
Stormy is being represented by Avenatti in her lawsuit against Donald Trump seeking to nullify a nondisclosure agreement she signed to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the president.
On The View, McCain pointed out a frequent criticism of Stormy and her camera-friendly lawyer, particularly given their appearance at Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s court hearing on Monday.
“It seems like a publicity stunt on some level,” McCain said. “I think yesterday — because you didn’t have anything to do with the case — it seemed a little like you were just trying to get attention. I understand that you’re being sued by our president, but it does seem like you’re benefitting a lot.”
“You’ve gone on your Make America Horny Again tour,” McCain continued. “I’m sure you’re making a lot of money — no disrespect. I hadn’t heard your name until all of this had happened and now you’re literally live on The View giving an entire interview with us. So it has been beneficial for your career.”
Avenatti pushed back on McCain’s comments, explaining why it was important for he and his client to attend Cohen’s hearing.
Stormy followed up by noting that she “didn’t name the tour,” and that she thinks the name is “awful.”
“I think it’s cheesy and a play on someone else’s idea and I try not to do that,” she explained, noting a strip club owner made the name up and other clubs have followed suit.
“As far as the tour, yes, I’ve gotten more bookings than usual but I’m doing the job that I’ve been doing for the last, almost 20 years,” Stormy said. “Yes, there’s a lot of publicity but I didn’t do it for that because this isn’t what I want to be known for.”
Watch above, via ABC News.
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