"I don't respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman, or a woman of substance."
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, denigrated Stormy Daniels -- and all sex workers while at it -- in an economic forum in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Many sex workers spoke out in response, calling his comments "dangerous and dehumanizing."
Asked during the Globes Capital Market Conference whether Trump respects women, Giuliani answered that the president is a "true gentleman."
But when asked about Stormy Daniels, former New York mayor created an exception, saying that
Rudy Giuliani slams Stormy Daniels, says her work as a porn star makes her less credible:— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) June 7, 2018
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"Very, very credible source," Giuliani said sarcastically. "Stormy -- Stormy the porn star. You know every porn person can't be a star."
Referring to the adult actress' lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani implied that Daniels' look and profession are sufficient cause for dismissing her credibility.
On Thursday, Giuliani was questioned by CNN about his comments. As per usual, he doubled down.
Jenna Torres is a former sex worker and program coordinator for the Red Umbrella Project, a non profit that provides education about sex work in New York City. Talking to ABC
"I love what I do," said Alana Evans, also a sex worker. "I love the empowerment that it gives me, and it does empower me as a person, as a woman."
Kimberly Kane, a successful porn actress, released a statement on Friday condemning Giuliani's comments as "dangerous and dehumanizing to sex workers."
"We are already an extremely marginalized group made up mostly of women, people of color, trans and the disabled, people who are trying to make a living like everyone else," she said.
Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti, who Giuliani also disparaged by saying that Stormy Daniel has "about the same credibility as her lawyer, who basically got thrown out of the case." Avenatti went on CNN Wednesday night
"He's basically stating that women that engage in the adult film industry and other forms of pornography don't have reputations and are not entitled to respect," Avenatti said.
"You are gonna tell to just look at her? Are you out of your mind?" she continued. "You know what, that's your only excuse. And I feel really sorry for you."