Porn star raising funds for legal expenses in Trump disclosure fight

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels is continuing her legal battle against President Donald Trump, but she's apparently having trouble scraping together the cash for her legal fees. Though she and her lawyer gave Cohen and Trump a Tuesday deadline to respond, they never responded.

In response, Michael Cohen has said he intends to pursue penalties against Daniels for her "reckless behavior".

"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.

Daniels has filed a civil suit in an attempt to have the non-disclosure agreement she signed rendered void because Trump never signed it. Cohen, though, did sign and has countered that the NDA is enforceable, filing arbitration to silence her from talking about Trump at all.

In a series of interviews this week with lawyers and educators who specialize in contract law - several expressed doubts that Clifford would be ordered to come up with the sizable automatic damage amounts predetermined by the contract.

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.

Daniels' relationship with Trump first gained widespread notice when the Wall Street Journal revealed the $130,000 payout in January. "Given the news already available", Wertlieb said, "it seems quite excessive".

In the event that Clifford does speak publicly - on CBS or elsewhere - Cohen or Trump might act quickly in an attempt to enforce the damages provision in private arbitration.

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". And that might carry another set of risks for the president and Cohen, his personal lawyer.

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.

The lawsuit claimed the "hush agreement" that was signed days before the 2016 presidential election is legally invalid because it was only signed by Clifford and Cohen and not by Trump.

"I am more fortunate than many, many people in this country", Daniels wrote.

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