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Stormy Daniels sues Trump over hush pact

Stormy Daniels sues Trump over hush pact

Clifford's attorneys argue that Mr. Trump's failure to sign the document means Clifford is not bound by the terms of the agreement and is free to discuss her alleged affair with Mr. Trump.

In a lawsuit filed against the United States president, Daniels says that his lawyer Michael Cohen took "considerable steps" to silence her "in the last week".

"To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and "shut her up" in order to "protect Mr. Trump" continue unabated", the suit claims.

However Ms. Clifford had given two interviews over the years claiming an extramarital affair with the then-businessman.

The filing, in Los Angeles Superior Court, represents the latest development in a legal battle involving Trump, his longtime personal lawyer and the actress, Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.

The reason? According to her attorney, Trump never signed the "hush agreement".

Avenatti also said Daniels is prepared to return the money if she wins her lawsuit against the president, adding that her first priority is telling the truth.

Both Daniels and Trump denied any affair in statements to the Journal in January.

Clifford/Daniels also sued Essential Consultants, a Delaware LLC that Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen formed on October 17, 2016, apparently for the sole objective of paying Clifford $130,000 for silence about her sexual affair with Trump.

Clifford also claims that Cohen had tried to block her from talking about the affair as recently as February 27.

The reason? Mr. Trump himself never signed it.

After the $130,000 in hush money became public this year, Cohen claimed that he paid the money out of his own pocket, for a sexual affair that he denied had occurred.

By Monday of this week, Melania Trump was participating in her more regular official duties, at the President's side for the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. The agreement refers to Trump as David Dennison and Clifford as Peggy Peterson, but an attached exhibit details their true identities.

HuffPost also reached out to the White House and Cohen for comment but did not receive a response as of this posting.

This framing is relevant to complaints a government watchdog group filed with the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department over the $130,000 payment.

The agreement mentions the existence of certain "still images and/or text messages" that were authored by or relate to Trump.

Although the actress previously said the affair was consensual, this part of the lawsuit appears to be rather important (and disturbing) in nature.

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