Porn Star Sues Trump, Says Agreement Is Null, Void

  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing President Donald Trump and wants a California judge to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

The Washington Post
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she was paid to keep quiet about her affair with Donald Trump, sued the president on Tuesday, alleging that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it.

In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said she wanted to go public with the story of her decade-old affair with Trump in the weeks leading up to the election. The lawsuit was first reported by NBC News.

Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Daniels’ attorney, Keith Davidson, negotiated what the lawsuit calls a “hush agreement” in which she would be paid $130,000. After delays and even a wholesale cancellation of the contract by Daniels on Oct. 17, the payment arrived on Oct. 27, 12 days before the election, according to e-mails reviewed by The Washington Post. Cohen recently said that he used his own money to “facilitate” the payment.

The lawsuit suggests that Trump was aware of the agreement and that the money was intended to influence the election outcome, bolstering two complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission that say the payment violated election law because it was not reported as an in-kind campaign donation.

“Mr. Trump, with the assistance of his attorney, Mr. Cohen, aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the presidential election,” the lawsuit says.

Cohen has previously denied that the payment breached campaign finance law. But the lawsuit raises new accusations against Cohen, saying that he forced her earlier this year to sign a statement denying the affair “through intimidation and coercive tactics.”

The suit says Cohen has continued to try to “intimidate” Daniels into keeping quiet in recent weeks as reports about the deal and their relationship have leaked out and Daniels has given television interviews.