Stormy Daniels willing to repay 'hush money' over Trump affair, lawyer says


Porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump over a decade ago, offered yesterday to return the US$130,000 (RM507,390) she received in exchange for agreeing not to discuss the affair, The New York Times reported.

Stormy Daniels is getting multiple offers of $1 million to break her silence (and contract) on her long-term tryst with Donald Trump.

Michael Avenatti, an attorney for actress Stormy Daniels, sent a letter to the president's counsel on Monday telling him that Ms Daniels would pay back all the money she was given in exchange for the ability to "speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her". The letter from Avenatti says a condition of Clifford's offer is Trump and his attorney will not take legal action to stop the interview from airing.

In a lawsuit filed last week, Ms Daniels alleged Mr Cohen had coerced her into signing a statement denying the relationship earlier this year. Daniels says she's willing to pay back the money she was given to stay mum about the affair with President Donald Trump just so she can share her side of the story without legal ramifications.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that Texas officials are investigating whether a notary properly witnessed the non-disclosure agreement.

Officials say Jackson's stamp appeared on the document but she did not sign or date it, and she did not provide a certificate of whose signature she was witnessing.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that Trump has made it clear that none of the allegations are true.

Reports surrounding the agreement and a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, have dogged the White House for weeks.

Avenatti said last week that Daniels "believes it's important that the public learn the truth about what happened. Now I'm dancing three or four times a month so that's been really great", she said after her performance at the Solid Gold strip club in Florida.

The alleged affair has become the latest distraction for Trump as he tries to advance his trade agenda and prepares for a proposed meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Regardless of whether Cohen accepts Clifford's offer, the money is the subject of a complaint by the watchdog group Common Cause to the Federal Election Commission.

The complaints allege Cohen was an agent of then-candidate Trump and should be considered a campaign expenditure and in-kind contribution.