Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Stormy Daniels offers to return money to speak openly about Trump affair

Stormy Daniels offers to return money to speak openly about Trump affair

The saga swirling around Stormy Daniels is intensifying, as the adult film star who allegedly had an affair with President Donald Trump over a decade ago has reportedly taped an as-of-yet-unaired segment of 60 Minutes for CBS in which she ends her relative silence on the matter.

A source close to the actress said that it includes new details of her relationship with Mr Trump, which she claims began in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron.

In a letter, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels "will pay $130,000 to President Trump by wire transfer, to an account designated by the president" by this Friday.

"To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and "shut her up" in order to "protect Mr. Trump" continue unabated", the lawsuit claims, lending weight to recent reports that the president's lawyers are attempting to prevent the 60 Minutes interview from airing.

CNBC has reached out for comment from Cohen and Daniels' lawyer Avenatti. Daniels said he compared her to his daughter Ivanka Trump and offered a spot on the reality TV show. And Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, also wants to be able to use any text messages, photos or videos she has, relating to the president, "without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages".

Though, the New Yorker acknowledged, 'You think her life is so easy, folks?

Clifford could be subjected to a $1 million penalty if she broke the nondisclosure agreement she signed.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States has "not heard anything directly back from North Korea" since President Donald Trump accepted leader Kim Jong Un's invitation for a meeting. Daniels said she's "getting more dance bookings" but the fame has overshadowed some of her projects and others she was working on "have been indefinitely put on hold".

As part of the lawsuit filed with a California court seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement null and void, Avenatti released a copy of the settlement. She's not free to talk about it, however, because she signed a nondisclosure agreement in 2016.

Asked about the allegations last week, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted that Trump has denied them.

The watchdog group Common Cause filed a federal complaint in January arguing that the payout to Daniels may have violated campaign finance rules. The White House also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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