Counsel tells what triggered porn star to sue Trump

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"Earlier today, we filed this complaint seeking a ct order voiding the alleged "hush" agreement between our client S. Clifford aka Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stormy Daniels, a former porn star, sued President Donald Trump on Tuesday over a nondisclosure agreement meant to hide an affair.

Daniels' claims that she wanted to come forward before the election but was "silenced" to ensure Mr Trump won the race.

"22. On or about October 28, 2016, only days before the election, two of the parties signed the Hush Agreement - Ms. Clifford and Mr. Cohen (on behalf of EC)".

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

The reason? Mr. Trump himself never signed it. In the lawsuit, Clifford alleges that in January 2018, Cohen, "concerned the truth would be disclosed. 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".

Cohen acknowledged the payment in a statement in February but claimed that neither the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization "was a party to the transaction".

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

On Wednesday morning, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sat down with Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie and was rather blunt on the subject of an alleged affair between the president and his client.

A manager for Daniels said last month that the actress believed that Cohen's acknowledgement of the payment have broken the nondisclosure agreement, leaving her free to talk about the affair. Among the more salacious details of her claim was that she spanked Trump on his butt with a rolled up copy of Forbes magazine, During this time Melania Trump had recently given birth to Barron Trump.

"The idea that an attorney would go off on his own, without his client's knowledge and engage in this type of negotiation and enter into this type of agreement quite honestly is ludicrous", Avenatti said.

Whether Trump needed to sign this agreement is the major legal question here.

The president has never addressed the alleged relationship with Clifford publicly, and the White House has side-stepped questions about it with spokesperson Raj Shah telling members of the press he had never asked the president about the alleged relationship.

The attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Fox News that there was a settlement agreement involving an arbitration judge, which Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - violated by filing her lawsuit Tuesday.

The agreement contains numerous provisions about public disclosure of confidential information, texts, and and images.

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