Porn actress, who says she had an affair with President Trump, has offered on Monday to return the $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 when she signed the hush agreement not to discuss the alleged relationship.
In a letter, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels “will pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer, to an account designated by the president” by this Friday. Trump has never admitted knowledge of the payment to Daniels, which was made by his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“They should accept this proposal. It’s more than fair,” said Avenatti in an interview with NPR. “She’ll return the money and she’ll be free to speak, and in turn the president can provide his version of events and we can allow the American people to decide who’s telling the truth and who’s not.”
The letter also seeks an agreement that neither Mr. Trump nor the shell company that Mr. Cohen used to pay Ms. Clifford, which he represents as a party to their October 2016 deal, would move to block the broadcast of an interview that Ms. Clifford taped with “60 Minutes” last week.
Meanwhile, Trump through his lawyer and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has repeatedly denied that there was an affair between the President and Daniels.
We obviously haven’t heard the last of Donald Trump’s involvement with porn star Stormy Daniels as a new lawsuit has been filled by Daniels claiming Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void.
According to a tweet by her lawyer, the legal complaint filed in California state court revealed Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, signed the document on behalf of the President instead.
The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in the lawsuit to have had an affair with Trump several years prior to his presidency. However, the lawsuit claims that when he was running for office and multiple women were coming forward to share stories of their own alleged encounters with the then-Republican presidential candidate, Cohen intervened in an attempt to keep Clifford from coming forward as well.
“Despite Mr. Trump’s failure to sign the Hush Agreement, Mr. Cohen proceeded to cause $130,000.00 to be wired to the trust account of Ms. Clifford’s attorney. He did so even though there was no legal agreement and thus no written nondisclosure agreement whereby Ms. Clifford was restricted from disclosing the truth about Mr. Trump,” the document states.
The lawsuit says Cohen has continued his attempts at silencing Clifford including as recently as February 27, 2018. “To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated. For example, only days ago on or about February 27, 2018, Mr. Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles. Remarkably, he did so without even providing Ms. Clifford with notice of the proceeding and basic due process” the lawsuit states..
A defense lawyer representing Cohen did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. NBC News first reported on Clifford’s complaint against Trump.