Anyone who thought the story of Stormy Daniels’s alleged affair with Donald Trump would blow over quickly should think again. Not only is Daniels not going anywhere, but she’s drawing other people into the scandal, including Keith Davidson, her former attorney.
Davidson represented Daniels in the negotiations between her and Trump for the non-disclosure agreement she signed regarding the affair she and Trump allegedly had in 2006. Under the terms of the non-disclosure agreement, Daniels was to keep quiet about the affair in exchange for $130,000.
Daniels kept her end of the deal for the first five years. Then, in 2011 she tried to sell the story of the affair to a magazine, which had agreed to pay her $15,000 for the story. But Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, allegedly threatened to sue the magazine, which backed out and never paid Daniels for the story.
Daniels said she was also threatened by a man in a parking lot while she was with her daughter, who was an infant at the time. The man allegedly told Daniels to leave Trump alone, saying it would be “a shame” if anything were to happen to her.
Although that kept Daniels quiet for the next five years, she has since come out and spoken publicly about the affair she allegedly had with Trump all those years ago.
At first, Daniels merely hinted at the possibility of an affair and refused to explicitly confirm or deny its existence. She received lots of media attention and was invited to be on various talk shows, but she consistently cited her non-disclosure agreement as the reason she could not directly talk about the alleged affair. It wasn’t until a few months ago that Daniels started talking more openly about the affair and its aftermath, claiming the non-disclosure agreement was invalid because Trump never actually signed it.
Far from no longer fearing ramifications from her non-disclosure agreement, Daniels has actually started to go after those who were involved in creating the agreement in the first place, including Davidson.
Daniels recently sued Davidson for allegedly colluding against her with Trump and Michael Cohen. The complaint includes text messages between Davidson and Cohen, which allegedly show the pair were working against Daniels to help Trump.
Davidson not only denies the allegations but has responded by countersuing his former client for defamation. His side of the story is that he spoke with Cohen with the sole intention of helping Daniels profit from her affair with Trump, which he says was her goal and he accomplished it for her.
Michael Avenatti, who is currently representing Daniels as her attorney, and who helped her file the lawsuit against Davidson, has also been named as a defendant on Davidson’s counter lawsuit.
Cohen has not yet responded to the allegations of collusion from Daniels, but he has enough on his plate as it is. Having recently had his offices raided by the FBI as Trump is under investigation for the collusion of a very different sort, plus obstruction of justice, an allegation of collusion over a sex scandal that happened ten years ago is unlikely to rank very high on his list of priorities at the moment.
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