Late Tuesday night, porn star Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford) sued President Donald Trump in California court - alleging that he never actually signed a "hush agreement" over an alleged sexual relationship between the two, making the agreement null and void.
The suit also alleges Trump must be aware of Cohen's attempts to silence Daniels since NY bar rules require Cohen to keep his client informed at all times.
According to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, she had an affair with Trump that began in the Summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe and continued well into 2007, including at least one meeting in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In the side letter agreement, the true identity of DD is blacked out, but Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, says the individual is Trump.
Cohen said that he made the payment out of his own pocket and denied that it violated campaign finance laws. "I think it's time for her to tell her story and for the public to decide who is telling the truth". Cohen said recently that he had used his own money to "facilitate" the payment.
The lawsuit said the 2016 hush agreement called for $130,000 to be paid into the trust account of Clifford's then-attorney. However, he has refused to explain why he paid Clifford the generous sum.
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Cohen would not specify the extent to which Trump was aware of the payment or whether similar payments had been made to other people.
Cohen denies the allegations, saying they are "factually unsupported and without legal merit, and my counsel has submitted a response to the F.E.C".
"If we were presented with such a job applicant when we were working in the White House, we would have been forced to consider that person's susceptibility to blackmail", Painter and Eisen said of Trump.
After Trump won the Republican Party nomination for president in 2016, Clifford sought to share details of her relationship with him with the media, it said. But Cohen, who at the time was an attorney for the Trump Organization, stepped in with a set of documents and lots of cash.
The agreement, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, uses the pseudonyms David Dennison and Peggy Peterson and requires the actress to turn over any video and still images, as well as email and text messages in her possession.
The documents also state Trump used the alias David Dennison (or "DD"), but because Trump did not sign the NDA, Avenatti argues the agreement is now "legally null and void and of no effect".
Each document includes a blank where "DD" is supposed to sign, but neither blank is signed.