Former porn actress Stormy Daniels offered on Monday to repay the $130,000 that President Donald Trump’s lawyer paid her to agree not to discuss her alleged sexual relationship with the president right before the 2016 election.
The adult film actress’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, writes in a letter to Trump’s lawyer that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is ready to wire the funds to an account of Trump’s choosing by Friday.
In exchange, according to the letter, Daniels would be allowed to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and use and publish and text messages, photos and videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution or legal liability.”
Daniels also seeks to ensure that Trump or any related entities can’t prevent the airing of an interview she taped for “60 Minutes” last week.
“As we have always said, this is about a search for the truth and the ability of Ms. Clifford to tell the American people what really happened so they can make their own determination,” Avenatti said in a statement to The New York Times. “Our offer proves this out.”
Trump and the White House have persistently denied any connection or relationship between the president and Daniels. However, The Wall Street Journal reported in January that the president’s lawyer paid Daniels thousands in hush money right before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about the alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006, right after Melania Trump gave birth to Barron.
Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, later revealed that he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.
“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” the president’s personal lawyer said.