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Porn star sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn't sign it

Porn star sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn't sign it

Lawsuit suggests president was aware of agreement
Porn star sues Trump, says hush agreement is null because he didn't sign it
President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Photographer: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who was paid to keep quiet about her affair with Donald Trump, sued the president Friday, alleging that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said she wanted to go public with the story of her affair with Trump one decade earlier in the weeks leading up to the election. The suit was first reported by NBC News.

Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Daniels' attorney, Keith Davidson, negotiated what the lawsuit calls a "hush agreement" in which she would be paid $130,000. After delays and even a wholesale cancellation of the contract by Daniels on Oct, 17, the payment arrived on Oct. 27, 12 days before the election, according to emails reviewed by The Washington Post. Cohen said recently that he used his own money to "facilitate" the payment.

The lawsuit suggests Trump was aware of the agreement and that the money was intended to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, bolstering two complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission that say the payment violated election law because it was not reported as an in-kind campaign donation.

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