Stormy Daniels offers to return ‘hush’ money, on one condition
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had an affair with President Trump 12 years ago, has offered to return the $130,000 “hush money” reportedly paid to her by Trump’s attorney, on one condition – that she’s allowed to tell all.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, also wants assurance that she would not be blocked from broadcasting an interview she held with “60 Minutes” last week.
The New York Times reported:
In the letter, which was sent to Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, early Monday, Ms. Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote that Ms. Clifford would wire the money into an account of Mr. Trump’s choosing by Friday.
Mr. Avenatti set a deadline of noon Tuesday for Mr. Cohen to answer the offer from Ms. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.
Under the terms of the deal detailed in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, the contract ensuring Ms. Clifford’s silence would be “deemed null and void” once she returned the sum called for in her original contract.
Under Mr. Avenatti’s offer, Ms. Clifford would then be allowed to “(a) speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and (b) use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the president that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages.”
The New York Times observed that the letter from Daniels is intended to “put the president and Mr. Cohen — who deny that Mr. Trump had an affair with Ms. Clifford — in a challenging position,” and stated that “if they reject the offer, they could be seen as effectively acknowledging the existence of a continuing effort to keep Ms. Clifford silent about an affair that Mr. Cohen and the president say did not happen.”
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