Trump Drops Lawsuit, Daniels Doesn’t

Daniels and Avenatti

President Donald Trump says that the non-disclosure agreement his lawyer made with porn actress Stormy Daniels is invalid. Daniels, however, is pursuing her lawsuit for defamation.

History of the Case

Michael Cohen was Donald Trump’s lawyer during the 2016 campaign. He set up a law firm called Essential Consultants. That law firm paid Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 to keep quiet about her one-time sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

After the election, Daniels went public with news of the affair, saying that the NDA was invalid because Trump didn’t sign it. Cohen did. Essential Consultants then threatened to sue Daniels for $20 million based on her action of breaking the NDA.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, and that he asked Cohen to make a deal with her. He says that he only found out about the payment after the fact.

Cohen recently pleaded guilty to using campaign funds to pay Daniels. Trump, however, maintains that he paid Cohen back for the payment out of his personal funds.

Trump Orders Lawsuit Dropped

On Saturday, Essential Consultants said they were no longer pursuing the lawsuit against Daniels. Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said the president agrees that the NDA is invalid. He added that Trump never considered himself part of the agreement. The president and Cohen have both now asked Daniels to drop her lawsuit.