Stormy Daniels sues Trump over 'hush agreement'

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A screengrab of a page from a purported "hush agreement" between Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) and then-candidate Donald Trump.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed the nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with her.

The lawsuit claims that even though Trump never signed the agreement, Cohen wired the money to a trust for Daniels anyway.

However, the true identities of both Trump and Clifford are allegedly revealed in the "side letter".

But Clifford says that only she and Cohen signed the agreement on October 28, 2016, Cohen on behalf of Essential Consultants.

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The lawsuit says that as recently as February 27, Cohen began "a bogus arbitration proceeding" against Daniels in Los Angeles to keep her quiet.

Previously, through a lawyer, Clifford denied the two had an affair, but Avenatti said Wednesday that was to meet the terms of the nondisclosure agreement.

According to court documents seen by, the relationship continued "well into the year 2007" and included at least one "meeting" with Mr Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

On Tuesday, Avenatti filed a lawsuit on Daniels' behalf claiming that a $130,000 settlement to keep quiet about the relationship was no longer valid because Trump did not sign the document. The affair was said to have occurred in 2006, less than four months after Melania Trump gave birth to the couple's son, Barron.

President Trump's proclivity for putting his name on buildings, steaks, ties and certificates is well-known. However, Cohen had "vehemently" denied the WSJ's report.

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Just before Election Day, Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, routed $130,000 to Daniels, a payment Cohen has said came from his own pocket. "We believe that that was so that he could later claim deniability, and therefore, from a legal perspective, we believe she's free to talk", Avenatti said.

Avenatti later informed Guthrie that his client would be prepared to return the six-figure sum if she were to win her lawsuit against 45, since her main concern is "to tell her story".

"I think once my client is able to sit down and describe exactly what happened here and the circumstances around that, the people of the United States and the world will know exactly why she signed it", he added. He said he used personal funds to pay Daniels and that they were not related to the Trump campaign or Trump Organization.

NBC News, which first disclosed Daniels' lawsuit, reported Wednesday that Cohen secured only a temporary restraining order against Daniels as a result of the private arbitration proceeding.

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