Porn star Stormy Daniels has managed to steadily keep her name in the headlines over the last few weeks with a series of allegations, public statements, and legal actions related to her alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump back in 2005 and 2006. Her latest New York Times headline-grabbing action: A trolling letter she sent to Trump's attorney Michael Cohen on Monday offering to pay back the $130,000 she received for signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2016 so she can finally publicly share all the dirty details of her experiences with The Donald.
The letter, sent by Michael Avenatti, the attorney of Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), offers to wire the $130,000 Cohen paid her for the NDA by Friday. The money would be sent to any account Trump designated, a detail designed to tweak the president. She's willing to pay Trump directly, said Avenatti, because despite Cohen saying that he was not reimbursed by Trump or the campaign, "we do not believe there is any doubt as to where the money came from originally, in reality."
"This has never been about the money," Avenatti assured NBC News Monday. "It has always been about Ms. Clifford being allowed to tell the truth. The American people should be permitted to judge for themselves who is shooting straight with them and who is misleading them. Our offer seeks to allow this to happen."
Of course, if her sole desire was to "tell the truth" about her alleged affair with Trump, Daniels never would have signed the NDA to begin with, but that's neither here nor there. The point was to send the letter to the media.
"The Porn Star and the President" saga has been going on for over a year now, but has really ramped up in the last two months. Daniels has gained increased attention from mainstream outlets and media personalities, including landing a big interview with Anderson Cooper for "60 Minutes" that Trump's lawyer is trying to squash, and getting nearly daily coverage from CNN, which even showed up at one of her strip club performances on Saturday (image above, before things got more explicit).
One of the reasons for the recent increased coverage of the performer is a pair of newly-filed lawsuits. After Cohen filed a restraining order against her on February 27, Daniels filed her own suit in Los Angeles accusing Cohen of trying to "intimidate" her "into silence" through "surreptitiously initiat[ing] a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles." But Cohen's lawyer has pointed out that the NDA Daniels signed specifies that he can take exactly the kinds of legal actions he has.
Prior to the lawsuits, Daniels appeared on "The Late Show" with Jimmy Kimmel, but just hours before the much-hyped appearance, for which she had teased some sort of tantalizing reveal about her alleged relationship with Trump, she reiterated the denial she's made in the past.
"Over the past few weeks I have been asked countless times to comment on reports of an alleged sexual relationship I had with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago," she said in a statement posted online hours before her appearance. "The fact of the matter is that each party to this alleged affair denied its existence in 2006, 2011, 2016, 2017 and now again in 2018. I am not denying the affair because I was paid ‘hush money’ as has been reported in overseas owned tabloids. I am denying this affair because it never happened."