Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who alleges she had a sexual relationship with President Trump more than a decade ago and was paid $130,000 not to talk about it, is offering to give the money back to speak freely.
Avenatti's new offer requires the signatures of "all parties", including that of the president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president denies having any relationship with Clifford and did not know about the payment or the non-disclosure agreement.
It later noted that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, would be able to "use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession", without fearing any legal retribution. The American people should be permitted to judge for themselves who is shooting straight with them and who is misleading them. If the offer is accepted, it would deem the NDA null and void, CNN reports.
Stormy Daniels wants to return her $130,000 payout for the freedom to discuss the reported affair she had with President Donald Trump.
The letter also seeks an agreement that neither Trump nor the shell company that Cohen used to pay Clifford, which he represents as a party to their October 2016 deal, would move to block the broadcast of an interview that Clifford taped with 60 Minutes last week.
Clifford could be subjected to a $1 million penalty if she broke the nondisclosure agreement she signed.
Last week Daniels sat for an interview with 60 Minutes, which is set to air at a future date.
'We understand from well-placed sources they are preparing to file for a legal injunction to prevent it from airing, ' BuzzFeed News reported on Saturday from a source informed of the preparations.
Daniels' lawyer has given the Trump team a deadline of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the offer.
Although Cohen said the money came out of his own pocket, there was "no question" Trump knew about the arrangement, Avenatti said last week during an appearance on NBC News "Today". "I hope they are going to strongly consider it and I hope they are going to accept it", he said.
Under the proposal in Avenatti's letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Clifford would be allowed once the funds were returned to speak "openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and attempts to silence her".