Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says confidentiality deal is void because he didn’t sign it-ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

Stormy Daniels

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Updated: Porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump that contends her confidentiality agreement is null and void because he didn’t sign it.

Stormy Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford, but the “hush agreement” referred to her as Peggy Peterson or “PP”, according to the suit [FULL TEXT], filed in California state court. The agreement referred to Trump as “David Dennison” or “DD.”

Trump didn’t sign the agreement “so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the hush agreement and Ms. Clifford,” according to the suit seeking a declaratory judgment. The Washington Post and the New York Times have coverage.

Despite the lack of a signature, Daniels received $130,000 under the agreement. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said last month that he used his own money to pay Daniels, “thus evidencing Mr. Cohen’s apparent position (at least in that context) that no binding agreement was in place,” the suit says.

Even if there were contractual obligations under the agreement, they were breached when Cohen spoke publicly to the media, the suit says.

Daniels also asserts alternate grounds to set aside the contract, including that it is unconscionable, illegal or a violation of public policy.

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