Adult star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes recent comments by Donald Trump’s lawyer open the way for her to discuss publicly her affair with President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported Wednesday .
Gina Rodriguez, a manager for Daniels, confirmed to the news outlet that she believes Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, invalidated the non-disclosure agreement after he acknowledged that she was paid by him to keep her mouth shut about an alleged affair with Trump.
Daniels told friends she fully intends to speak out in wake of Cohen’s public statement, according to The Blast.
Sources told The Blast that Daniels’ legal team notified Trump’s legal team, including Cohen, that they are in violation of the 2016 agreement. Presumably their agreement was to not discuss if there was an agreement. While speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Daniels wouldn’t confirm or deny anything. Instead, she stayed silent. If Cohen acknowledged that there was a deal when Daniels did not, that violated the agreement.
Cohen announced late Tuesday that he paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the $130,000 independently of the Trump campaign and the Trump organization. The payout occurred just weeks prior to the 2016 election and Cohen indicated it was to keep her mouth shut.
“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,” he said in a statement.
Cohen called the payment “lawful” in his statement, though he didn’t disclose whether Trump knew about the money. Nor did he indicate any specifics about the deal other than the sum of money. He maintained that the allegations Daniels made were false.
“Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels shortly before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence on the alleged affair.