Stormy Daniels is suing Donald Trump

ImageMichael D. Cohen a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump in September

ImageMichael D. Cohen a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump in September

Clifford's lawyer joked, "Yeah, and he also won the popular vote".

Within days of the publication of the Access Hollywood Tape, several women came forward publicly to tell their personal stories about their sexual encounters with Mr. Trump.

Daniels says that Trump's long time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has continued to try to silence her about her "intimate" relationship with Trump that ranged from 2006 to 2007, and began shortly after Melania gave birth to their only son Barron.

This is not simply a "he said, she said", of course.

"25. Also in January 2018, and concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false".

Porn star Stormy Daniels had previously dodged questions from Jimmy Kimmel about an alleged affair she had with President Donald Trump.

Last month, Cohen admitted to making a payment to Clifford, writing in a statement: "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".

"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.

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Cohen has acknowledged the payment, but has not publicly said what the payment was for. However, he has refused to explain why he paid Clifford the generous sum. "And second, did he know about the payment and the agreement?" said Avenatti, reached by phone Tuesday evening.

Cohen denies the allegations, saying they are "factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C".

He said Daniels would return the US$130,000 if need be.

The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in the lawsuit to have had an affair with Trump several years prior to his presidency.

A person familiar with the deal said it required the signature of Cohen or Trump, but not both. The agreement refers to Trump as David Dennison and Clifford as Peggy Peterson, but an attached exhibit details their true identities.

On Oct 28, 2016 - two weeks before the Nov 8 presidential election - Daniels and Essential Consultants signed the confidential settlement agreement but not Trump.

"Each document includes a blank where "DD" is supposed to sign, but neither blank is signed", NBC wrote. It specifically references a February 13 statement to The New York Times as evidence that there was "no binding agreement in place".

Ms. Clifford and her attorney want the Los Angeles District Court to rule the nondisclosure agreement unenforceable.

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