Stormy Daniels Sues the President
She wants court to rule 'hush agreement' is invalid, or never even existed
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2018 8:26 PM CST
Updated Mar 7, 2018 12:03 AM CST
In this Feb. 11, 2007 file photo, Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles,File)

(Newser) – Stormy Daniels is bringing the storm: The adult film star sued the president on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court over a nondisclosure agreement that she claims he was supposed to sign but didn't. NBC News has the specifics of the lawsuit, which refers to a "hush agreement" that involves David Dennison and Peggy Peterson. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, signed the NDA and a side agreement letter as Daniels wherever Peterson's signature was required and received $130,000 upon doing so; Trump's attorney Michael Cohen also signed. But "David Dennison" signed neither document. One of the defendants in the suit is listed as "Donald J. Trump aka David Dennison."

The aim is to get the court to rule the agreements are either invalid or don't exist altogether, as they "were never formed ... because, among other things, Mr. Trump never signed the agreements." The suit claims Cohen in January used "intimidation and coercive tactics" to get Clifford to sign a "false statement" saying she didn't have a relationship with Trump more than a decade ago. The suit also accuses Cohen of trying to "shut [Clifford] up" as recently as last Tuesday, and argues he must be doing so with Trump's knowledge, as New York state's rules of professional conduct for attorneys require a lawyer "at all times" to communicate their moves to their client.

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