Stormy Daniels Starts Online Fundraiser for Trump Lawsuit

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Earlier this week, Daniels offered to return the $130,000 in order to dissolve the hush agreement, and she had since started a fundraising drive to help pay for her legal fees.

The adult-film star known as Stormy Daniels today launched an on-line fundraising appeal, which she says is meant to help cover legal fees and potential damages she might incur if she speaks publicly about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago.

On her crowdfunding site, Daniels said she wants to speak "honestly and openly to the American people" - and not just about her relationship with Trump.

In addition to the fundraiser, Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti has kept up a public relations offense, raising awareness of her lawsuit against President Trump in frequent TV appearances and social media posts.

The adult film star's lawsuit says that the nondisclosure agreement meant to silence Daniels about a sexual encounter with Trump before the 2016 election is invalidated since it was never signed by Trump. Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen did not even bother to respond.

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Daniels has been interviewed by CBS' "60 minutes", which has not set a date for the segment to run. But unfortunately, I do not have the vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone.

Daniels is also asking to be allowed to publish text messages, photos and videos relating to the president, Avenatti said in a letter to Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen. Avenatti, her attorney, has also made extensive comments in recent days to ABC News and a host of others about the contract and the alleged affair. Cohen maintains that the affair never happened, but admitted in January that he paid Daniels $130,000.

The lawsuit also says that Cohen has continued a campaign of pressure and intimidation to keep Daniels quiet by starting new arbitration without notifying her.

"I think that there is going to be some embarrassment here that they can't avoid, and I think their strategy needs to be to accept the embarrassment and try to avoid any more serious legal problems for themselves", Super said.

In an interview last week with CNN, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, acknowledged that she had received million-dollar offers to tell her story, but he said that taking taking the money isn't in the "spirit of what this is about".