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story.lead_photo.caption FILE- In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Stormy Daniels' claim she had sex with Trump in 2006 isn't credible because she's a porn actress with "no reputation," quickly drawing condemnation from members of the legal sex industry.

"I'm sorry I don't respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who isn't going to sell her body for sexual exploitation," Giuliani said Wednesday at a news conference in Tel Aviv.

Daniels' work as an adult film actress "entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight," he said, adding that people could "just look" at Daniels to know she wasn't believable.

"Excuse me, but when you look at Stormy Daniels ..." Giuliani said, prompting the moderator to interject and tell him that he must respect women while speaking at the "Globes" Capital Market conference.

The adult film industry took the former New York City mayor to task Thursday, saying his comments demean women in general and were aimed solely at discrediting Daniels because of how she makes a living and not based on the facts of the case.

"The fact of the matter is the average person in the adult film industry is generally no more or less honest than any other person in society, and in the case of Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump, probably quite a bit more honest," said Mark Kernes, senior editor of Adult Video News, the industry's trade publication, and a longtime friend of Daniels'.

Jackie Martin, a spokeswoman for Vivid Entertainment, one of the industry's largest porn producers, said Giuliani's comments were "offensive and outlandish."

"Many talented women of substance have chosen to make their careers in the adult industry," she said.

Other advocates for legal sex-related industries bemoaned Giuliani's comments as trying to silence the voices of women who face exploitation.

"It's incredibly dangerous to attach the worth of a person to their sexual behavior," said Christa B. Daring, executive director of the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

"Frequently, appearance is weaponized against women in our society, whether that be because they're too pretty or they're too heavy," Daring said.

Giuliani's comments also drew a heated response from Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, who called for Trump to immediately fire Giuliani.

Daniels has said she had sex with a married Trump in 2006. She is fighting to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 election.

Trump has denied Daniels' allegations that they had sex just months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son.

Trump has appeared in benign roles in at least three soft-core porn films in the 1990s and early 2000s.

BuzzFeed and CNN reported in 2016 that in one of the videos, Trump appears backstage at a fashion show with two Playboy Playmates and the future first lady. In another, he pops open a bottle of champagne on a Playboy-branded limo, and the third shows him photographing clothed models and interviewing a Playboy Playmate.

Photos in which Melania Trump, a former model, had posed nude surfaced during the 2016 campaign. They were taken in the 1990s for the now-defunct French magazine Max. She also posed naked and lying on a fur blanket for British GQ in 2000.

Giuliani said the first lady doesn't believe Daniels' claim.

But Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokeswoman, said Thursday: "I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani."

Giuliani said the $130,000 that Daniels was paid as part of the nondisclosure agreement was "like a nuisance thing." If her claims could be proven, she would have been paid millions of dollars, he said.

Avenatti fired back on Twitter, calling Giuliani a "misogynist." He said Daniels "should be celebrated for her courage, strength and intelligence" and that he "would be put her character up against Mr. Giuliani's any day of the week."

Giuliani declined to comment further Thursday when reached by The Associated Press.

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  • LRDawg
    June 7, 2018 at 10:53 a.m.

    LMAO this Giuliani dude is comedy

  • RBBrittain
    June 7, 2018 at 10:57 a.m.

    The truly sad part is that right now a porn star actually has more credibility than the President of the United States.

    June 7, 2018 at 11:01 a.m.


  • 3WorldState1
    June 7, 2018 at 11:36 a.m.

    Giuliani lacks credibility because he's a fing liar.
    I'll take a porn star over a fing liar any day.

  • RobertBolt
    June 7, 2018 at 12:08 p.m.

    Between the grabber and the porn star, the former is the only one already caught lying about the other.

  • JA40
    June 7, 2018 at 1:22 p.m.

    This is so much better than Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.....just keeps getting better.

  • dunk7474
    June 7, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

    Wait for the tape to come out. Donnie in the nude. What a picture that will be.

  • PopMom
    June 7, 2018 at 2:44 p.m.

    You do not often cut a $130,000 check to somebody for no reason. Giuliani has gotten senile and is making things worse for Trump. Trump was hard pressed to find anybody to represent him. Nobody wants to be known as the lawyer who stood on the deck of the sinking ship. This president is heading to a trial before the Senate, and in the process, he just may bring the Republican Party down with him.

  • mrcharles
    June 7, 2018 at 4:11 p.m.

    Remember when W said to brownie , You are doing a heck of a job?

    Those wanting truth and justice and exposing once and for all the punishment the god of israel put on merica, we can say, Rudy G, you are doing a heck of a job, keep it up!"

    As sheldon would say, one coitus person to another coitus person , is it a crime when money is involved for two consenting adults? I say no. Perhaps trump in order to even out things, ought to take a lie detector test in front of congress by an unbiased technician.

    What reputation do you have Rudy? and certainly trump's reputation is on par with daniels, in fact she had a job and trump is a cheater to the one man one woman jesus statement.

    June 7, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.

    Has Drunk Uncle Rudy not seen that pic of naked Melania grabbing her cooter? Does he not remember that Putin's Beeotch (aka Trump) had cameos in several soft-core porn films? Can the GOP sink even lower than they already have?