Stormy Daniels Is Back and This Time She’s Suing Donald Trump
The saga of Stormy Daniels, the porn star who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, is now heating up. We were first introduced to Daniels back in January when The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s lawyer paid her $130,000 right before the election to keep quiet about claims of a 2006 affair, which Trump through his lawyer has denied took place. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, wouldn’t confirm or deny the affair, apparently having signed a non-disclosure agreement.
But things have just changed, and now, Daniels is suing Donald Trump for a surprising reason. Here’s why.
Daniels previously went into detail about her alleged affair with Trump
After The Wall Street Journal’s report, Daniels did not go into detail about her alleged affair with Trump. But she talked about it before that non-disclosure agreement was signed.
A few weeks after The Journal’s report came out, In Touch published an interview with Daniels they had conducted back in 2011. In it, she says that she met Trump at a charity golf tournament in 2006 and had sex with him in his hotel room that night. At the time, Trump had been married to Melania for about a year, and she had recently given birth to their son Barron.
Daniels said that after this night, they stayed in touch, and Trump tried to arrange for them to hook up again, but they never did. For this In Touch profile, Daniels took and passed a polygraph test; her friend and ex-husband also corroborated her account. Daniels’ friend Alana Evans later told Megyn Kelly that the affair took place.
Next: What Trump’s lawyer surprisingly admitted to a few weeks later.
Trump’s lawyer later acknowledged he paid Daniels $130,000
A few weeks after the initial reporting about the alleged affair between Daniels and Trump, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, confirmed at least part of the story. As reported by The New York Times, Cohen confirmed in February that he paid Daniels $130,000 a few weeks prior to the 2016 election, as had been previously reported.
Cohen said, though, that he paid her this money out of his own pocket, and it was not a campaign expenditure. He also said that neither the Trump Organization nor the campaign reimbursed him for the payment.
NBC News later reported that Cohen used a Trump Organization email while arranging this payment.
Next: How Daniels responded to Cohen admitting this part of the story.
Daniels’ manager said Cohen’s statement violated the non-disclosure agreement
Through her manager, Daniels responded to Cohen’s statement by saying that by him admitting to the $130,000 payment, this invalidated the non-disclosure agreement, and she now felt she was free to tell her story. “Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Daniels’ manager said.
It should be noted at this point that, weirdly, Daniels had seemingly released a statement in January in which she denied the affair with Trump. But hours later, she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and implied that she had nothing to do with that statement. Referring to the signed statement, Daniels said, “That doesn’t look like my signature, does it?”
Next: Why Daniels is now suing Trump.
Daniels is now suing Trump, saying their agreement is invalid
An unexpected development came on March 7 when Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump. According to NBC News, Daniels alleged that her non-disclosure agreement with Trump is invalid because Trump never signed it. In the agreement, Trump is referred to throughout as David Dennison. But the documents include a blank space where “David Dennison” would need to sign.
However, both Daniels and Cohen did sign the document. In the suit, Daniels is attempting to get the Los Angeles County Superior Court to declare the agreement invalid. She isn’t asking for any money.
Next: Daniels officially makes this claim as part of the lawsuit.
As part of this lawsuit, Daniels says the affair did take place
Up until this point, Daniels was being coy about whether she actually had an affair with Trump, outside of those old magazine interviews. When she went on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she didn’t really say anything of substance, and she confused everyone by denying the affair via a statement and then un-denying it.
However, in this lawsuit, she confirms that she is saying the affair happened. The suit alleges that Daniels had an intimate relationship with Trump starting in summer 2006 and lasting “well into the year 2007.” The lawsuit also confirms the existence of a non-disclosure agreement.
Weeks later, Daniels would go into detail about the affair on 60 Minutes, basically saying the same things that she said in the In Touch interview.
Next: How the White House press secretary responded to the lawsuit.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump didn’t know about the payment to Daniels
On March 7, Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered questions about the Stormy Daniels lawsuit. Sanders said that Trump did not know about the $130,000 payment made to Daniels, at least as far as she’s aware.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, later said that not only is this absurd, but he can prove it’s not true. “You have the White House claiming Donald Trump never knew anything about this,” Avenatti said on March 9. “That is going to be shown to be patently false …We have substantial evidence and facts that were not included in the complaint.”
Next: This is the latest development in the case.
Daniels is now also suing Michael Cohen for defamation
On March 25th, Stormy Daniels told her story to 60 Minutes. Afterward, a new development came in the lawsuit.
According to NPR, the day after the interview, Daniels amended the previously discussed lawsuit to include Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s lawyer, adding a claim of defamation against him. She is saying that Cohen defamed her by putting out his statement in February admitting to the $130,000 payment.
The lawsuit states:
It was reasonably understood by those who read or heard the statement that Mr. Cohen’s defamatory statement was about Ms. Clifford. Both on its face, and because of the facts and circumstances known to persons who read or heard the statement, it was reasonably understood Mr. Cohen meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted, and that her claims about her relationship with Mr. Trump is ‘something [that] isn’t true.’
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