Michael Avenatti Says It's 'Outrageous' to Suggest Stormy Daniels Can't Be Defamed Because She's an Adult Film Actress

Stormy Daniels's profession should have no bearing on her defamation claims against President Donald Trump, her lawyer said.

In a Tuesday morning interview on CNN, Michael Avenatti told hosts that it's "outrageous" that some have suggested Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, can't be defamed because she works as an adult film actress. Avenatti was apparently continuing a conversation that took place on Anderson Cooper 360 the night before, during which time he sat on a panel with Paul Callan, the CNN legal analyst who made that very suggestion.

"Just because somebody is an adult film [star], they cannot be defamed?" Cooper asked Callan.

"Anderson, I've tried a lot of cases through the years," Callan, a former New York homicide prosecutor, told Cooper. "As a matter of principle, you're probably right: Someone who's made 500 pornographic films can be defamed, in theory. But you put 12 ordinary people on a jury and say to them, 'Award her money because someone called her a liar,' I think you'd have a hard time getting a substantial damage award."

Callan went on to call Daniels's defamation suit against Trump a "publicity lawsuit and a publicity stunt."

Later, Avenatti agreed with a Twitter user who pointed out that Callan's commentary was "chauvinistic," and ignored the fact that defaming Daniels—calling her a liar or even suggesting it—could hurt her professionally.

"This is the demeaning approach to women that people should be outraged by," Avenatti said. "This isn't the 1950s where people just turn a blind eye."

Callan wasn't available for comment on Tuesday.

Avenatti filed the suit on Daniels's behalf on Monday, alleging that a Trump tweet where the president dismisses a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened Daniels in a parking lot constituted defamation.

In the April tweet, Trump says the composite sketch is one of a "nonexistent man," and calls it "a total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools."

During his Tuesday interview with CNN, Avenatti argued that in addition to defaming his client, Trump may have given himself away with the tweet.

"What's interesting, Alisyn, is, if he didn't have anything to do with Stormy Daniels and he didn't know about anything that happened in 2011 or anything about the agreement, which is the nonsense they're trying to sell the American public, then how would he know whether there was a nonexistent man or not?" Avenatti asked Tuesday.

Earlier, Avenatti told Newsweek he believes he and his client have a "rock solid" case a judge would be unlikely to dismiss.

"We look forward to quickly proceeding to discovery and deposing the president," Avenatti said Monday.