Like I mentioned earlier, Stormy Daniels- Donald Trump saga isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Well, Trump’s legal team is now demanding a whopping $20 million from the pornstar after she broke a non-disclosure deal signed between her and Trump’s lawyer.
Now Trump’s lawyer claims that porn actress Stormy Daniels is liable for at least $20 million for violating the nondisclosure agreement she says prevents her from discussing her affair with the president, according to a Friday court filing. A lawyer representing Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants limited liability company — which allegedly paid Daniels $130,000 under the agreement — made the filing, saying that the pornstar violated the agreement ‘at least 20 times.’
It keeps getting messier, and messier doesn’t it?
Why $20 million?
According to the court filing, the settlement agreement provides for liquidated damages of $1 million per instance of the breach. Considering the fact that the pornstar is accused of breaching the agreement 20 times, you now get why Trump and his team settled on that figure. But I have a feeling that Trump will not be desperately looking forward to getting that money. But that’s me.
Stormy allegedly signed the agreement regarding the affair the two of them had in 2006 before the 2016 election, which led to accusations of illegally contributing to the president’s campaign. How do you ask? If she had come out with the allegations before the elections, someone else would be occupying the White House. That’s how. By keeping silent, she helped Trump clinch the presidency in one way or the other.
Stormy’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had filed a suit on behalf of the pornstar, real name Stephanie Clifford, earlier on this month in a bid to have the alleged nondisclosure agreement tossed out. In the suit, he claimed that the Trump-Stormy intimate relationship had started in 2006 and continued into the better part of 2007.
The court proceedings to decide whether the two parties can dissolve the agreement will kick on on July 12. Stormy is even willing to return the $130,000 paid to her in the said agreement. But why would she be willing to do that? Is she smelling more money perhaps? That’s not for me to decide.
But according to the letter written by Avenatti to Cohen, she wants the agreement tossed out so she can be free to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her.” Also, she wants to be allowed to publish text messages, photos and videos relating to the president, said the letter.
The nondisclosure agreement was supposed to be signed by both Stormy and President Trump using the pseudonyms Peggy Peterson and David Dennison respectively. However, Trump never signed the document, which gives Stormy and her lawyer the basis to have the agreement thrown out and release her from her obligations.
A possible sex scandal looming for the American president perhaps? That seems like the most likely outcome.
Criticized the court filing
Perhaps understandably, Stormy and her camp are far from impressed with Trump’s decision to sue Stormy for $20 million. Avenatti took to Twitter to condemn what he felt was a bullying tactic from the president and his legal team.
“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away, and we will NOT be intimidated,” read the post on the social media page.
“The filing today is yet another bullying tactic from the president and Mr. Cohen. They are now attempting to remove this case to federal act to increase their chances that the matter will be decided in private arbitration, thus hiding the truth from the public,” he continued.
Reason to keep the affair quiet
Anyone with some semblance of common sense will agree that Trump has more than a million reasons why he would want to keep the affair quiet.
To begin with, the president would lose the religious voters who overwhelmingly voted for him in 2016. No religious person would want to be associated with someone who used to fuck a pornstar. Oh yeah, they are that judgmental. The whole issue also seems to be putting a strain on the relationship between Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Those are more than enough reasons for the president to want to keep the affair quiet, don’t you think?
And in yet another twist, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders condemned any threat against Stormy, who claims she was threatened with physical violence if she came out in public with details of the alleged sexual affair.
“Obviously we take the safety and security of any person seriously,” Sanders said in a statement.
She added that the White House would ‘condemn anyone threatening any individual, but I have no knowledge of that situation.”
Any attempt to get answers from White House officials has so far ended in pointing of fingers to the previous denials by both Trump and the presidential team.
Possible sex tape
While the president and his team have been adamant that there was no such a relationship as alleged by Stormy, the pornstar has been smart enough not to confirm or deny the claims in her several talks with the media. Her friends, on the other hand, insist that the two indeed had a sexual relationship. There are even talks of a possible sex tape stashed somewhere. Now I have your attention, right?
With neither of the parties willing to back down, the battle lines have been drawn. We can wait and see who will draw the first line.
Stormy has even launched an online fundraising campaign to help her raise her legal fees and return the $130,000 paid to her. At this rate, she might need more than that if she loses and is required to pay the $20m.