It seems sort of funny that we'd be in the midst of an ongoing political scandal involving the president of the United States and a porn star threatening to dish dirt on their alleged relationship in the past, but facts are facts. And with an interview with Stormy Daniels, the porn star in question, set to air on 60 Minutes in a few days, the story seems to be about to boil over, with Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen claiming that Daniels could be on the hook for $20 million in damages for violating a nondisclosure agreement between her and Trump in 2016, regarding an alleged sexual relationship about ten years prior to that.
The president officially denies any affair with Daniels ever happened, but according to The Washington Post she "accepted $130,000 shortly before Election Day 2016 in exchange for her promise not to talk publicly about what she claims was a sexual relationship with Trump." That money came from a corporation called Essential Consultants LLC, set up by Cohen specifically for that transaction. Now, Daniels is facing either a lawsuit or private arbitration for violating her NDA, while she recently filed suit in California claiming the NDA was never valid because Trump never signed it, and because Cohen himself has discussed aspects of the NDA in public.
The $20 million figure comes from recent court filings that allege Daniels has violated the NDA 20 times, with a million bucks in damages tacked to each violation. In addition to the lawsuit claiming the NDA has been invalidated, Daniels has also offered to return the $130,000 she received from Essential Consultants, which recently filed to move the case to federal court since neither Trump or Daniels are California residents. Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti recently took to Twitter to discuss the court filings, dismissing them as "bullying":
"The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus 'damages' against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated."
The 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels is set to air on Sunday, March 25th.