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Trump's lawyer reportedly got a secret order barring porn star Stormy Daniels from dishing on tryst

Thursday - 08/03/2018 18:37
  • A lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says she did have sex with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago.
  • Daniels is suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement that she signed on the eve of the 2016 presidential election with a company set up by Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen.
  • Cohen has admitted facilitating a $130,000 payment to Daniels but has denied she had an affair with Trump.
  • Trump has never publicly responded to the claims about Daniels.

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says the porn star is prepared to return her “hush money” from CNBC.
 


A lawyer for President Donald Trump last week reportedly obtained a secret restraining order barring porn star Stormy Daniels from disclosing details of what she has said was an intimate relationship with Trump and on Wednesday again "threatened" her if she talks.

NBC News revealed Wednesday that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen — who has admitted facilitating a $130,000 payment to Daniels — obtained from a private arbitrator an order prohibiting her from disclosing "confidential information" related to a nondisclosure agreement she signed in exchange for that cash.

In a statement sent to CNBC, Cohen's lawyer Lawrence Rosen said:

The Settlement Agreement contained an arbitration clause that permitted EC, LLC. to seek an injunction in the event of a breach or threatened breach of the agreement. The designated judge from the arbitration tribunal found that Ms. Clifford had violated the agreement and enjoined her from, among other things, filing this lawsuit. We intend to pursue our recourse in the context of the arbitration as agreed to by the parties and continue to categorically refute the claims alleged by Ms. Clifford and her counsel.

EC is a reference to Essential Consultants, a company set up by Cohen that was used to pay Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

NBC's story came a day after Daniels sued Trump in a Los Angeles court in an effort to void that nondisclosure agreement, which she signed in October 2016, right before the presidential election that Trump won.

And it came hours after Daniels' lawyer told NBC's "TODAY" show that Daniels had had sex a decade ago with Trump — and that Trump had to have known about Cohen's arrangement to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet before the election about their tryst.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, also said that she is "prepared" to return that money if need be.

Avenatti said that agreement is not legally valid because Trump never signed it.

The lawyer said he believed Trump did not sign that document — which used pseudonyms for the parties involved — "so that he could later claim deniability" about the affair with Daniels.

"It's our position that the entire document is null and void," Avenatti said.

If Avenatti's conclusion is accurate, then the agreement's requirement that disputes between the parties to the deal would be settled by arbitration likewise would not be binding.

 
Adult film star Stormy Daniels appeared at a news conference to tout the success of Restricted to Adults (RTA) website and other efforts by the adult film industry to protect children from inappropriate material held at the National Press Club, May 29, 2008.
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Adult film star Stormy Daniels appeared at a news conference to tout the success of Restricted to Adults (RTA) website and other efforts by the adult film industry to protect children from inappropriate material held at the National Press Club, May 29, 2008.

Hours after Avenatti's interview aired, NBC News revealed that Cohen on Feb. 28 had gotten the temporary restraining order, as part of what Daniels' suit has called a "bogus arbitration" proceeding against her.

Avenatti is quoted in the NBC News story as saying that Cohen, through his own attorney Rosen, has since made other efforts both to enforce the restraining order and to warn Daniels that she would be subject to damages if she talks about Trump. 

"Earlier today, Mr. Cohen through his attorney, Mr. Rosen, further threatened my client in an effort to prevent her from telling the truth about what really happened," Avenatti told NBC News.

"We do not take kindly to these threats, nor we will be intimidated."

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