The pornographic film actress who says she had an affair with President Trump offered on Monday to return $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship.In exchange, the actress, Stephanie Clifford, seeks an end to her deal to keep quiet about what she says was an affair with Mr. Trump that started in 2006 and lasted for several months.
In the letter, which was sent to Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, early Monday, Ms. Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote that Ms. Clifford would wire the money into an account of Mr. Trump’s choosing by Friday.
Mr. Avenatti set a deadline of noon Tuesday for Mr. Cohen to answer the offer from Ms. Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.
Under the terms of the deal detailed in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, the contract ensuring Ms. Clifford’s silence would be “deemed null and void’’ once she returned the sum called for in her original contract.Under Mr. Avenatti’s offer, Ms. Clifford would then be allowed to “(a) speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the President and the attempts to silence her and (b) use and publish any text messages, photos and/or videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution and/or legal liability for damages.”
The letter also seeks an agreement that neither Mr. Trump nor the shell company that Mr. Cohen used to pay Ms. Clifford, which he represents as a party to their October 2016 deal, would move to block the broadcast of an interview that Ms. Clifford taped with “60 Minutes” last week. The letter was also addressed to a lawyer working on the case with Mr. Cohen, Lawrence S. Rosen.
“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,’’ Mr. Avenatti said in a statement. “Our offer proves this out.”
The offer puts the president and Mr. Cohen — who deny that Mr. Trump had an affair with Ms. Clifford — in a challenging position.If they agree to Mr. Avenatti’s terms, Ms. Clifford can speak openly about not only the sexual relationship she claims to have had with Mr. Trump shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron, but also about what she describes as an effort to silence her “hush money.’’
The money, which Mr. Cohen has said came from his own personal funds, is the subject of complaints lodged by the group Common Cause with the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department. Common Cause argues that the payment violated campaign finance laws.
If they reject the offer, they could be seen as effectively acknowledging the existence of a continuing effort to keep Ms. Clifford silent about an affair that Mr. Cohen and the president say did not happen.
The original deal that Ms. Clifford signed required all parties involved to take any disputes into a private arbitration process. Last month, Mr. Cohen won a temporary restraining order against Ms. Clifford through an arbitrator.
But last week, Mr. Avenatti filed a lawsuit claiming that the initial agreement — and thus, the arbitration requirement — was invalid because Mr. Trump did not personally sign the contract.
Mr. Avenatti’s new offer requires the signatures of “all parties,’’ including that of the president.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Most people have a strong preference for their pet of choice, but others are more open-minded, and they don’t mind sharing their home with both species.There is just one unexpected potential problem with these kinds of harmonious households: dogs, as you probably know, are very impressionable. And, sometimes, pups who are raised alongside cats may actually get confused about which species they belong to… and they can even develop cat-like habits. Of course, whenever these silly dogs have an identity crisis, it ends up being the cutest thing ever! Check out what happens when these dogs get a little bit confused about who (and what) they are!
“What’s he doing here?” Some cats love nothing more than being up in the air and away from the commotion. Usually, that commotion tends to include any excitable dogs who are in the vicinity. This cat’s face tells you exactly how he feels about his faux-feline friend.It’s so cute that these little furballs think that they’re sisters! The question is: does the puppy think she’s a kitten, or does the kitten think she’s a puppy? Most likely, only time will be able to answer that sort of thing.This Kitty doesn’t look too happy about her new neighbor. Normally in situations like this, it’s the person living on the bottom floor who gets annoyed about the noise coming from upstairs—not the other way around!
With Bill Cosby’s retrial for the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constandt just around the corner, his former “The Cosby Show” co-star, Lisa Bonet, is speaking out about the discomfort she felt with regard to her on-screen dad back in the ’80s. “There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but … there was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed,” she says in a new cover story for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit (via JustJared). Now 50, Lisa also says she would not have kept information about the comic’s dozens of sexual assault and rape allegations to herself, had she ever been privy to something beyond her feeling about his dark energy. “If I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free,” she says. “I don’t need to say ‘I told you so’ [about him]. I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.” Jury selection for Cosby’s retrial is set to begin March 29 in Pennsylvania. The trial initially began last summer but was ruled a mistrial.
A pet dog whose owner was fatally stabbed has made a home for himself in front of the hospital where the man died.The animal, who has no name, has been waiting in front of the Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital in Brazil for four months, according to local media reports.
The dog first arrived at the unit after chasing after the ambulance that was transporting his owner, a 59-year-old homeless man, to the hospital in October.
The man, who had been involved in a street fight, died from his injuries but two months on, the dog continued to wait for him in front of the hospital, Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported.
Staff at the hospital gave the dog food and water, and they eventually found a local kennel, 3km from the hospital, willing to take him in.
But with a new owner lined up to take him, hospital workers were shocked to find the dog turn up back to the hospital not long after, having escaped the kennel.
It is not the first story of a dog showing unwavering loyalty to its owner.
In 2016, a dog waited for a week outside a Spanish hospital while her owner recovered from surgery.
And pictures of a family’s two pet dogs were widely shared after they refused to leave the side of a terminally-ill baby girl.
After nearly three decades of investigating, police say they identified the remains of a missing woman who disappeared from Yellowknife.Mary Rose Keadjuk was last seen on June 28, 1990. Police say after 28 years, they identified remains that belong to Keadjuk.
A forensic DNA analysis identified that a bone fragment found near Con Mine in 2003 belongs to Mary Rose Keadjuk, according to an RCMP news release issued Thursday.
Keadjuk was last seen at Yellowknife’s Gold Range Hotel on June 28, 1990. She was 24 years old.
Her personal belongings, like her eyeglasses, were left behind, police say.
Bone sent in for testing several times
After finding a bone fragment in the Con Mine area in 2003, police say they conducted more searches but found no other human remains.
At the time, the bone was sent in for a DNA exam and the results came up empty, RCMP reported in the release.
Police say they sent the bone in two more times for more examination — with the most recent exam yielding DNA results that matched Keadjuk. It’s unclear when the recent DNA exam was done.
Police say they’ve contacted Keadjuk’s family.“It is an emotional time, however, we are thankful that the improvements to technology allowed a sample to be matched,” a spokeswoman for the RCMP said in the release.
CBC News has phoned RCMP requesting an interview.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information on Keadjuk’s disappearance to contact them at 867-669-1111, or anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.
As more news broke in the Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump saga, the key players inside the White House remain status quo.
First lady Melania Trump has stayed quiet for weeks on the topic, as salacious headlines abound.
Her communications director Stephanie Grisham did not respond to a request for comment. On the West Wing side, Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday morning: “we’ve addressed our feelings on that situation and I don’t have anything else to add.”
“That situation” is, of course, the ongoing story, made all the more complicated Tuesday evening when Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, claiming the non-disclosure agreement the porn actress reportedly signed as a result of an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, was null and void due to the lack of Trump’s official signature on the document. The affair was said to have occurred in 2006, less than four months after Melania Trump gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron.
A lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen, has admitted to paying Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 to keep the details of the alleged affair under wraps. Cohen has said Trump “vehemently denies” any sexual encounter between the two.For Melania Trump, there has been stoic silence, peppered with purposeful moments of voluntary separation. In mid-February, she chose to take a separate motorcade to Andrews Air Force Base to meet her husband at Air Force One for a trip to Florida, rather than walk across the South Lawn of the White House and board the Marine One helicopter. That trip came in the wake of fresh news about Trump and another alleged affair, this time with a former Playboy playmate.
Grisham at the time told CNN it was easier for the first lady’s schedule to drive separately.
By that evening, ensconced in their Mar-a-Lago resort, the first couple was spotted on a bench in the ballroom, laughing and chatting amiably — any coldness seemingly put in the rearview.
By Monday of this week, Melania Trump was participating in her more regular official duties, at the President’s side for the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
The first lady and Sara Netanyahu, both dressed in pastel colors and both wearing pricey designer high heels, sat with their husbands for an Oval Office photo op. The first lady, unaware that less than 48 hours later the porn actress would be suing her husband, likely in the hopes of being able to tell all about their alleged 2006 tryst.
A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the return of Ryan Shtuka, a 20-year-old who went missing in Sun Peaks earlier this month.Shtuka was last seen leaving a party at a home on Burfield Drive on Feb. 17. He was believed to have been heading home.
He didn’t show up to work later that day and has not been active on social media or his cellphone.
Shtuka’s mother told Global News he worked the winter season at Sun Peaks but calls Beaumont, Alta., home.Last week, Mounties asked Sun Peaks residents to check their outbuildings, saying in a news release that it’s possible Shtuka “made his way into a shed, garage or unlocked vehicle.”