New York, Mar 13: Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became US President, on Monday said she is ready to return $130,000 she received from Trump’s personal lawyer to remain silent. Lawyer of Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said the actress had sex with Donald Trump more than a decade ago.
In a letter to Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti wrote that the actress would wire the money into an account of Trump’s choosing by Friday. Avenatti set a deadline of noon Tuesday for Cohen to answer the offer. With this, Daniels seeks an end to her deal to keep quiet about what she says was an affair with Trump that started in 2006 and lasted for several months.
Under the offer, Stormy Daniels would be allowed to “(a) speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and (b) use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages.”
“As we have always said, this is about a search for the truth and the ability of Ms Clifford to tell the American people what really happened so they can make their own determination. Our offer proves this out,” Avenatti said in a statement. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted facilitating a $130,000 payment to Daniels but denied that the actress had sex with him.
Daniels filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles that claims the nondisclosure agreement is invalid and she is free to publicly discuss the Trump tryst. She had alleged that intimate relationship with Trump took place in 2006 and 2007 at locations such as the Beverly Hills Hotel and Lake Tahoe. Both Daniels and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen signed the agreement three days before the 2016 presidential election.
In the agreement, Trump is identified as David Dennison and Daniels is referred to as Peggy Peterson, New York Post reported. The documents, which the lawsuit refers to as a “hush agreement”, includes a blank where Trump is supposed to sign – but he allegedly did not give his signature. Daniels received $130,000 not to talk about Trump, the suit said. (With agency inputs)