The porn star known as Stormy Daniels is now suing President Trump alleging that he never signed the nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer arranged with her. Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Daniels, filed a civil suit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that her agreement not to disclose her “intimate” relationship with Trump is not valid because while both Daniels and Trump’s attorney signed it, the president never did.
Clifford signed both the agreement and another letter of agreement using her professional name on October 28, 2016, just a matter of days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, signed the documents on the same day. The agreements are now appended to the lawsuit as Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2.
The documents are referred to as the “hush agreement” in the suit and Trump is referred to as David Dennison, and Clifford is referred to as Peggy Peterson. In the side letter, the true identity of DD is blacked out, but Clifford’s attorney maintains that it is Trump. Each document includes a line where DD is supposed to sign, but both are left blank.
Michael Avenatti, Clifford’s attorney, announced the lawsuit in a tweet. According to the suit, Trump had an intimate relationship that lasted from summer 2006 “well into the year 2007.” The relationship allegedly included meetings in Lake Tahoe and at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The “hush agreement” said that $130,000 would be paid into the trust account of Clifford’s attorney, and in return, she was not to disclose any confidential information about Trump or his sexual partners to anyone except a short list of people Clifford’s had already told about the relationship. She was also not to share any texts or photos from Trump.
The lawsuit also alleges that Cohen has attempted to keep Clifford from speaking about the relationship as recently as February 27th, 2018.
“To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated,” says the suit. “On or about February 27, 2018, Mr. Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles.”
Both Clifford and her attorney are asking the Los Angeles County Superior Court to declare that both the hush agreement and the side agreement “were never formed, and therefore do not exist, because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements.”
“In the alternative, Plaintiff seeks an order of this Court declaring that the agreements in the forms set out in Exhibits 1 and 2 are invalid, unenforceable, and/or void under the doctrine of unconscionability.”
The suit also alleges that the president must know that Cohen is attempting to silence Clifford because rules for the New York bar require him to keep his client informed at all times.
“[I]t strains credulity to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord and without the express approval and knowledge of his client Mr. Trump.”
Trump has never addressed the alleged relationship publicly and Raj Shah, White House spokesperson, told the press that he had never asked the president about the alleged relationship.
Cohen has acknowledged the payment but has continually refused to tell the media what the payment was for.
Clifford has given conflicting accounts of her relationship with Trump in the past. In the lawsuit, Clifford alleges that in January 2018, Cohen, “concerned the truth would be disclosed … through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false.”
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