My name is Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels). Daniels, who recently raised her directing rate, added that she started the online crowdfunding campaign to counter the vast resources of President Trump and Michael Cohen.
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a new legal motion Friday, seeking to have the judge assigned to the case removed because of a potential conflict of interest.
"I believe Mr. Avenatti's actions and behavior has been both reckless and imprudent, as it opens Ms. Clifford to substantial monetary liability, which I intend to pursue", Cohen told the paper.
Per the crowd fundraiser, Cohen and Trump have threatened damages amounting to $1 million for every time she speaks out about the alleged affair.
On Monday, Daniels offered to pay Trump $130,000 to buy her way out of the contract, "the latest jab" in a legal and public relations battle between Daniels, an adult film actress and director, and the president and his private attorney Michael Cohen, the Washington Post reported.
But could Clifford be forced to pay?
In interviews, Daniels' has been coy about the incident, offering conflicting accounts and stressing her intent to dissolve the agreement completely so she is free to share her story.
The president has said he will meet with the North Korean dictator - effectively depriving porn star Stormy Daniels of her coveted publicity.
More: Did the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels break the law? "Given the news already available", Wertlieb said, "it seems quite excessive".
"Generally speaking, courts do not like provisions in contracts that are designed simply to punish the person who is engaged in some wrong-doing", Willemin said, "So if a court or an arbitrator determines that this liquidated damages provision was totally disconnected with any understanding of what might happen with a breach, it is conceivable they would throw it aside".
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".
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 am more fortunate than many, many people in this country", Daniels wrote.