A former porn star who says she had an affair with President Trump is suing the president, claiming the "hush" agreement she signed days before the election is invalid.
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, contending that the non-disclosure agreement she signed was invalid because Trump never signed it. Daniels told InTouch magazine in a 2011 interview that she had an affair with Trump which began in July 2006.
Here's what we learned from the lawsuit:
Days before the election, Daniels signed the agreement
On Oct. 28, 2016, just 11 days before the election, Daniels and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, signed the "hush" agreement, which ensured Daniels would remain quiet about the affair.
Last month, Cohen admitted that he paid Daniels $130,000 but has not confirmed what the payment was for. He said he used personal funds to pay Daniels and that they were not related to the Trump campaign or Trump Organization.
Attempts allegedly were made to 'intimidate' Daniels and 'shut her up'
In the lawsuit, Daniels argues that because the agreement is not valid, she does not have to remain silent about the affair. The lawsuit notes that attempts to "intimidate" Daniels "into silence and 'shut her up' in order to 'protect Mr. Trump' continue unabated."
The lawsuit says that as recently as Feb. 27, Cohen began "a bogus arbitration proceeding" against Daniels in Los Angeles to keep her quiet. The agreement, attached as an an exhibit to the lawsuit, specifies arbitration as a way to resolve disputes.
Daniels says the relationship lasted from 2006 to 2007
Daniels says in the papers that her "intimate relationship" with Trump began in summer 2006 and continued well into 2007. According to the lawsuit, the relationship included "at least one 'meeting' with Mr. Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills hotel."
The 'Access Hollywood' tape pushed Daniels to want to tell her story
In October 2016, the Access Hollywood recording of Trump making lewd comments about women was released by the Washington Post. Daniels said the video prompted women to come forward with "personal stories about their sexual encounters with Mr. Trump," and she, too, wanted to share her story.
"After discovering Ms. Clifford's [Daniels] plans, Mr. Trump, with the assistance of his attorney Mr. Cohen, aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping to ensure he won the Presidential Election," the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit states that Mr. Cohen prepared a non-disclosure agreement or the "hush agreement" and gave it to Daniels and her attorney.
The 'hush agreement' used fake names
The "hush agreement" used alias names to refer to Trump and Daniels within the agreement, according to the lawsuits.
"Ms. Clifford was referred to by the alias 'Peggy Peterson' or 'PP.' Mr. Trump, on the other hand, was referred to by the alias 'David Dennison,' or 'DD,'" the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit includes an attachment of the hush agreement, showing the alias names.
Trump is accused of not signing the agreement on purpose
According to the lawsuit, the "hush agreement" required the signatures of all those involved, including Trump, who did not sign.
"Mr. Trump purposely did not sign the agreement so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford," the lawsuit alleges.
Contributing: Fredreka Schouten and Christal Hayes