Stormy Daniels Now 'Free to Tell Her Story'
Her manager says Trump lawyer violated NDA, so she can talk now
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2018 1:09 AM CST
This image released by ABC shows adult film star Stormy Daniels with host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)
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(Newser) – Stormy Daniels is now free to tell her story after President Trump's personal lawyer violated a non-disclosure agreement—and she plans to do so, her manager says. Gina Rodriguez says Daniels believes lawyer Michael Cohen violated the NDA by admitting he paid the porn star $130,000 before the 2016 election after she talked about disclosing her alleged 2006 affair with Trump. In another possible breach, the Daily Beast reports that Daniels will be mentioned in a book Cohen says he is writing about his role in the Trump campaign. "Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story," Rodriguez tells the AP. In a statement issued through a publicist last month, Daniels denied having an affair with Trump, though she hinted she was bound by an NDA in a Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance the same day.

Rodriguez says Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, will soon announce when she plans to go public with her story. Legal experts, meanwhile, say Cohen's story that he made a $130,000 payment to Daniels out of his own pocket without being reimbursed by Trump is highly improbable—and if it's true, it could be a violation of campaign finance laws. "The thing seems so weird that it invites an inquiry into what you're doing," Charles Wolfram at Cornell University tells the New York Times. "Lawyers don't go around giving $130,000 to strangers, benefiting their clients, without billing their clients." Cohen declined to tell the Times whether he made an arrangement with Trump at the time of the payment—or whether he made more payments to other women.

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