WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 07, 2018, 02.36 AM
As speculation about whether US president Donald Trump had an encounter with porn star Stormy Daniels makes rounds, the adult actress has decided to file a lawsuit against Trump alleging that he never signed a "hush agreement" to keep quiet about their rumoured affair, reports said on Tuesday.
Stephanie Clifford, whose porn name is Stormy Daniels, signed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Los Angeles. It said that Trump did not sign the nondisclosure statement with the actress which refrained her from disclosing their 2006 reported relationship - making the agreement invalid leaving her free to publicly discuss the Trump tryst, according to media reports.
Both Daniels and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen signed the agreement three days before then 2016 presidential election.
In the agreement, Trump is identified as David Dennison and Daniels is referred to as Peggy Peterson, to maintain confidentiality, but the space where Trump was supposed to sign has been blank ever since.
She reportedly claims that Cohen has bullied her into keeping quiet and now she’s fighting back.
Daniels' manager Gina Rodriguez said that Michael Cohen had paid US$130,000 of his own money to the porn star, there was in violation of a non-disclosure agreement with Daniels about the matter. As a result, Daniels believes she can now talk about it publicly.
The payment was made during the 2016 presidential election campaign but the lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he was working alone and that it was not a campaign expense.
Reports quoted Daniels saying that the money was routed through an entity called Essential Consultants LLC. She says the company was created right before the election purely to hide the source of the payment. Cohen has claimed he used his own personal funds to pay her.
As per reports, Trump and Clifford had the encounter in Lake Tahoe, California, in 2006, a year after he married his third wife, Melania.