Stormy Daniels sues to nullify Trump "hush agreement," says he didn't sign

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By: Stefan Becket | CBS News
March 6, 2018

Stephanie Clifford, the adult film performer known as "Stormy Daniels" who received $130,000 from Donald Trump's personal attorney just days before the 2016 election, filed suit in California on Tuesday asking a court to throw out a non-disclosure agreement preventing her from discussing an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.

In the court filing, Clifford claims that she began an "intimate relationship" with Mr. Trump in 2006 that ended the next year. In October 2016, she accepted $130,000 from Mr. Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen in exchange for her silence about the alleged relationship, according to the filing.

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." He did not immediately reply to a request for comment about the lawsuit Tuesday evening.

Clifford asked the court on Tuesday to nullify the agreement, claiming Mr. Trump never signed the document.

The court filing includes a "hush agreement" purporting to be the NDA, which has not previously been made public. The agreement is between "Peggy Peterson" and "David Dennison." In a letter attached to the document, "Peterson" is identified as a pseudonym for Clifford, while the true identity of "Dennison" is redacted. Clifford's attorney writes in Tuesday's filing that "Dennison" was the name used by Mr. Trump and names him as a defendant.

The agreement included as an exhibit in Tuesday's filing is signed by Clifford and dated Oct. 28, 2016. The signature for "David Dennison" is blank.

Clifford's attorneys argue that Mr. Trump's failure to sign the document means Clifford is not bound by the terms of the agreement and is free to discuss her alleged affair with Mr. Trump. Clifford discussed her supposed relationship with Mr. Trump in a 2011 interview with InTouch Weekly that went unpublished until this year. Before Tuesday's suit, she had not publicly alleged an affair since the Wall Street Journal reported the $130,000 payment in January.

To view the complete complaint, click here.

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