Porn actress sues Trump over nondisclosure

  • Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2007. AP FILE PHOTO

New York Daily News
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

NEW YORK — The White House claims that President Donald Trump won an arbitration decision against a porn star ready to go public about their alleged monthslong affair.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined Wednesday to provide additional details and deflected questions about adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who is suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement.

“Look, the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true,” Sanders said.

Trump has not publicly addressed the alleged illicit dalliance.

“This case has already been won in arbitration and anything beyond that I would refer you to the president’s outside counsel,” Sanders added.

Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, who has said there was no affair and admitted he paid the porn actress $130,000 out of his own pocket, did not respond to requests for comment.

Sanders said she wasn’t aware that Trump knew about the payment and said Trump has “denied the allegations against him.”

The suit filed by Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alluded to the legal filing as an attempt to “intimidate” her and “shut her up” by initiating what it calls a “bogus arbitration proceeding.”

Cohen obtained a temporary restraining order against Clifford from the private arbitrator, a retired judge, which bars her from disclosing “confidential information” related to the nondisclosure agreement signed in October 2016, according to a copy of the document obtained by NBC News.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, mocked the White House’s response to the suit, derisively making fun of the fact that Trump claims he “also won the popular vote.”

Avenatti said that Daniels and Trump had a sexual relationship that lasted months and she believes she is free to now talk because Trump never personally signed the nondisclosure agreement.

“Ms. Daniels wants the ability to speak openly and honestly about what transpired as well as the efforts aimed at intimidating her into silence,” Avenatti told the New York Daily News.

“In the event that she’s ordered to return the money, she’s certainly willing to do so. We are waiting to see exactly how this plays out.”

Daniels filed the lawsuit against Trump in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claiming their 2016 hush agreement was null and void because he didn’t sign it under the pseudonym David Dennison.