Porn Star Suing President Trump Over Nondisclosure Agreement

Posted March 07, 2018

On Tuesday, lawyer Michael Avenatti announced on Twitter that his client Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as porn actress Stormy Daniels, filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump claiming their nondisclosure agreement is invalid because the now-President never signed it.

The Journal reported in January that Cohen paid Clifford the money to stop her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual relationship between her and Mr. Trump.

The lawsuit came days after Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, had legally pressured Clifford, initiating arbitration proceedings against her in Los Angeles in efforts to prevent her from speaking out about an affair she said she had with Trump, according to the complaint.

The hush agreement directed US$130,000 be paid to Stormy and in return, she would keep her silence, not disclosing any confidential information about Trump, the couple's affair, or his sexual partners, to anyone beyond a shortlist she had already told about the relationship.

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, speaks to the media after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which he was to appear was canceled, on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

City National Bank launched its own inquiry into the transaction a year after it occurred, which one of the Journal's sources said was an unusual move.

Stormy Daniels is reportedly suing President Trump. The lawsuit reads, "On or about October 28,2016, only days before the election, two of the parties signed the Hush Agreement - Ms. Clifford and Mr. Cohen (on behalf of EC)".

Cohen acknowledged paying Daniels, but did not elaborate on why the payments were made to her. Cohen previously told the paper, while declining to say why he used his own money to "facilitate a payment" to Clifford, that "just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage".

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Mr Trump has not directly addressed allegations of the relationship and his lawyer, Mr Cohen, has denied there was any affair.

Neither Cohen nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment Tuesday evening.

The $130,000 transaction from Cohen was directed to Clifford via her prior attorney and was reported as "suspicious" by her bank First Republic. He also said the payment to Clifford was "not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone".

While the publication's report raises more questions, Cohen told the Wall Street Journal in an email response that the claims were "fake news".

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