PORN STAR PAYOUT leads to embarrassing lawsuit for president trump
Clifford’s lawsuit, a copy of which can be read at the bottom of this article along with the non-disclosure agreement in question, alleges that Donald Trump (also identified in the lawsuit under the alias, David Dennison) “purposely did not sign the agreement so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford.” Once Clifford (also identified in the lawsuit under her alias, Peggy Peterson) signed, however, she alleges Michael Cohen wired her attorney $130,000. Earlier this year, Cohen claimed the funds were a pre-emptive measure to protect then-candidate Trump from Clifford’s accusations that she and Trump had a physical relationship.
“In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”
The Wall Street Journal this week reported that Cohen has been complaining to friends that he has yet to be reimbursed by Trump for the payout. Following the initial news of the payout, Cohen released a statement saying that Trump “vehemently denies” any encounter between the two.
What immediately jumped out upon reviewing Clifford’s lawsuit was Section 2.1:
Prior to entering into this Agreement, PP came into possession of certain “Confidential Information” pertaining to DD, as more fully defined below, only some of which is in tangible form, which includes, but is not limited to information, certain still images and for text messages which were authored by or relate to DD (collectively the “Property”, each as more fully defined below but which all are included and attached hereto as Exhibit to the Side.)
What could this be? Sure, it could be something as mundane as a text message or a selfie. But what if it is a lurid video? What if Clifford snapped some pictures of what would one day be the “First Penis?” The non-disclosure is not vague. It does not use terms like “any that may exist” or “if such items exist.” It clearly states Clifford has items in her possession. The non-disclosure agreement states Clifford would be required to pay Trump $1 million if she violated the agreement. Assuming the agreement is even eventually found to be valid, if she has embarrassing photos or texts, she could likely sell them for more than that penalty. Things could get interesting going forward.