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LOS ANGELES (AP) — An adult film actress who has said she had sex with Donald Trump filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement and “set the record straight,” her lawyer said Wednesday.

Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. She alleges that the agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the alleged sexual encounters, is “null and void and of no consequence” because Trump didn’t personally sign it.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on morning news shows Wednesday that she wants “to set the record straight.” He said on NBC there was “no question” Trump knew about the agreement, though he did not offer any proof.

Avenatti said Daniels wasn’t looking to profit from her story. But he told CBS: “I don’t know whether she’s going to ultimately seek payment or not.”

Clifford initially claimed she had sex with Trump once and then carried on a subsequent yearslong platonic relationship.

But the lawsuit filed Tuesday refers to her beginning an “intimate relationship” with Trump in 2006 that continued “well into the year 2007.” She said the relationship included encounters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.

She also has also previously denied through a lawyer that the two had an affair, but Avenatti said Wednesday that was to meet the terms of the nondisclosure agreement. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has denied there was ever an affair.

Cohen has said he paid the porn actress $130,000 out of his own pocket as part of the agreement. He has also said that “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”

The lawsuit charges that the Oct. 28, 2016, “hush agreement” is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clifford and Cohen. The agreement refers to Trump as David Dennison and Clifford as Peggy Peterson, but an attached exhibit details their true identities.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has “made very well clear that none of these allegations are true.”

“The president has denied the allegations against him and again this case has already been won in arbitration,” Sanders said.

Sanders declined to elaborate and referred additional questions to Cohen, who did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Clifford’s lawsuit alleges that Cohen had “surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding” against Clifford and within the last week used an “improper and procedurally defective arbitration proceeding hidden from public view.”

The suit also charges that Trump and 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.”

“To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated,” the lawsuit said. Clifford alleges that as recently as last week, Trump’s attorney tried to initiate an arbitration proceeding against her.


Lucey reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.


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7 thoughts on “Stormy Daniels Sues For Right To Tell Trump Story

  1. jhuf on said:

    I ‘ve seen some of her video’s …I hope the Don didn’t kiss her in the mouth
    this is something that took place 12 years ago and like Bill Clinton it will pass as well
    After all Clinton followers cried “it’s not what he did in privet it’s what he does now in office” …oh but wait there was that devil in a blue dress Monica someone else you might think twice about kissing I the mouth

    • So what if the affair happened 12 yrs ago. He still cheated on his wife and he paid hush money 18 months ago. Less than 2 wks before the election. But he’s white so he will get away right all of his bs. Double standard. White privileged.

      • Get away with what? He didn’t do anything illegal. Who the hell cares if he smashed a ho bag? That’s the least of our problems.

      • Getting away with obstructing Justice. It will be proven. Getting away with being a dumbass prez. Getting away with being an ignorant ranmous. I don’t give a damn about who he screwed. He’s screwing the American pppl with all his damn lies.

      • jhuff on said:

        On yeah he really screwed me with my tax cut you didn’t have a problem with that two faced hag Hilary and her lying azz I do thank the Mueller investigation for exposing the sh!t that went on during the Osama administration

  2. The republuthugs sit idily by and say nothing because the white fake prez can do whatever he wants, past or present, as long as he passes their pathetic legislation. This country is a damn joke and the world is laughing at the fake wanna prez

  3. Ted Gravely on said:

    No winners. The POTUS is slammed with a lawsuit from a porn actress and well this woman will always be remembered as a porn actress. No matter what she does that is how she will be remembered. Unfortunately, #45 will never be able to shake this. When the history books are written, she will be a footnote. It won’t be much, but it will be present.

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