Stormy Daniel's $130K Offer Is Good PR But Legally Bogus

Stormy Daniel's $130K Offer Is Good PR But Legally Bogus

Stormy Daniel's $130K Offer Is Good PR But Legally Bogus

An adult film actress who said she had sex with President Donald Trump has offered to return the $130,000 she was paid for agreeing not to discuss their alleged relationship.

The nondisclosure form signed by porn star Stormy Daniels - which prevents her from talking publicly about her alleged affair with President Trump - mentions "paternity" and "alleged children", which has led many to ask, "Uh, what?"

Trump's attorneys could argue that CBS is going to defame the president by airing the Daniels interview, but "the law is, as a general rule, you don't get injunctions because of an anticipated defamation", said George Freeman, a former in-house lawyer for the Times who is now executive director of the Media Law Resource Center. On at least one occasion they met in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit alleges that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, began an "intimate relationship" with Trump in the summer of 2006 and that it continued well into 2007.

The letter sent to Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen and his attorney, Lawrence Rosen, said the non-disclosure agreement would be considered "null and void" after she returned the money, and that would allow Clifford to speak about the relationship and the attempt to silence her while she publishes any text messages, photos and videos she may have.

Daniels accepted a $130,000 payment shortly before Election Day 2016 in exchange for her promise to remain silent about the alleged affair, which Trump denies. Daniels lawsuit against Trump led to the public release of the nondisclosure form. He said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Clifford.

The newspaper said the offer to return the money was made in a letter from Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, to Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

She also hopes to allow the broadcast of her interview with 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper. Avenatti set a deadline of noon Tuesday for Cohen to answer the offer from Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.

The original deal that Ms Clifford signed required all parties to take any disputes into a private arbitration process, with Mr Cohen winning a temporary restraining order against Ms Clifford.

The decision lead White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to declare that the case had "already been won".

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