Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, released a composite sketch today of the man she alleges threatened her in 2011. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the perpetrator whom Clifford says threatened her to keep quiet about her affair with Donald Trump.
During a highly publicized 60 Minutes interview last month, Clifford recalled she was on her way to a fitness class with her infant daughter in tow when a man stopped her in a Las Vegas parking lot.
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. T– taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out,” Clifford told 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper. “And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.” And then he was gone.”
Clifford did not identify the man she said threatened her, but she said that she would recognize him, “100 percent,” if she did. “Even now, all these years later. If he walked in this door right now, I would instantly know.”
The release of the sketch comes at a critical juncture for the Trump administration, and the scandal surrounding the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, whose home, office, and hotel room were raided by federal agents last week. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who oversees the federal investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Agents seized, according to a New York Times report, “records related to several topics” including payments to Clifford.
Clifford and Avenatti disclosed the sketch during an appearance this morning on The View. Clifford said that what she remembers “so clearly” about the man in question “was that nothing looked alarming about the way he looked at first.”
The man is described as between 5’9″ and 6′ tall, between his 30s and early 40s, and with a lean but “fit” body type.
Avenatti has promised a $100,000 reward “for information leading to the positive identification of the man that threatened Ms. Clifford in Las Vegas.” He encouraged all tips to be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
$100,000 reward for information leading to the positive identification of the man that threatened Ms. Clifford in Las Vegas. Send all leads to email@example.com.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 17, 2018
The sketch was drawn by Lois Gibson, whom Avenatti has called “the foremost forensic artist in the world.” Gibson’s bio claims that she has helped law enforcement identify 700 criminals with her sketches.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 8, 2018
Speaking on The View, Clifford says that she did not initially report the threat to Las Vegas authorities because she had never disclosed her alleged affair with Trump to her husband and was “embarrassed.”
“I didn’t want him to think I was a bad mom or that I put my daughter in danger,” Clifford said.
Avenatti, for his part, said he and Clifford believe they know who sent the man who threatened her “but we want to confirm it.”
Twitter thinks it may know too, as tweets have come streming in suggesting it could be this guy meeting with Cohen:
@StormyDaniels releases sketch of person who threatened her yet the sketch looks like her Husband Brendon Miller! This circus side show is getting really ridiculous! https://t.co/XXkol7ryn8 pic.twitter.com/NJaK2WUIkT
— Based Basterd (@BasedBasterd) April 17, 2018
And, most bizarrely, even Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:
Tom Brady’s pre-Patriot life was shady af. https://t.co/uCPE6ruQuX
— shauna (@goldengateblond) April 17, 2018