The Daily Beast reports:
Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels launched a fundraising campaign to help cover the legal fees in fighting the “hush agreement” she signed in 2016 barring her from speaking about her alleged affair with President Trump. Daniels launched the CrowdJustice 30-day campaign on Wednesday morning.
From the CrowdJustice site:
My name is Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels). I am attempting to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump, as well as the intimidation and tactics that he, together with his attorney Michael Cohen, have used to silence me.
In order to tell my story, I have had to file a public lawsuit in Los Angeles, California in an effort to void a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that Mr. Trump never signed and yet is trying to use to intimidate me.
Rather than agree that the NDA is invalid, thus allowing me to talk, Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen have instead attempted to hide the facts from the public using a bogus arbitration proceeding and have threatened me with millions of dollars in damages ($1M each time I speak out) if I tell the truth about what happened.
I recently made an offer to return the $130,000 I was previously paid if it was agreed that I could simply tell the truth publicly. Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen did not even bother to respond.
I need funds to pay for: attorneys’ fees, out-of-pocket costs associated with the lawsuit, arbitration, and my right to speak openly, security expenses, and damages that may be awarded against me if I speak out and ultimately lose to Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen.
I am more fortunate than many, many people in this country. And for that I am grateful. But unfortunately, I do not have the vast resources to fight Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen alone. Thank you for supporting me.