CBS’ newsmagazine program “60 Minutes” is set to air an interview with former adult film star Stormy Daniels this Sunday, March 18, but a report from BuzzFeed News claims that Donald Trump and his legal team are trying to prevent the sit-down from airing on network television. Daniels says she had an extramarital affair with Trump for several months starting in 2006. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 to stay silent.
According to BuzzFeed, Cohen is now “preparing to file for a legal injunction” to prevent Daniels’ “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper from airing. Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, teased the interview earlier this month with a photo posted on Twitter featuring Cooper and Daniels. Speaking to The New York Times, Avenatti explained the reason behind the “60 Minutes” interview.
“Our aim and our messaging is very simple: We’re going to shoot straight, we’re going to provide evidence and facts, and we are going to consistently advocate for the American people being able to make their own decisions as to who’s telling the truth and who’s lying to them,” Avenatti said. “She wants a forum to tell her version of events and let the chips fall where they may.”
CBS News told The Times earlier this week it had not yet received any legal threats from Trump’s team over the interview. Daniels filed a lawsuit against Trump earlier this month claiming that a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016 to stay silent about the affair is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.
The lawsuit included details about their alleged relationship, which Daniels says lasted from summer 2006 to “well into the year 2007.” Although Daniels admits to accepting $130,000 to remain silent, she says Trump never signed the NDA and therefore she’s not legally bound to remain quiet about the affair publicly.