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Attorney: Stormy Daniels could have got more for her story

Posted at 3:11 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 15:11:22-04

(CNN) - Porn star Stormy Daniels is offering to return her "hush money.”

Daniels has said she had sex on one occasion with President Donald Trump, and then carried on a friendship with him. She signed a nondisclosure agreement related to their relationship that Trump’s personal lawyer paid her $130,000 for in 2016.

Trump denies the affair. Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - is suing to get out of the agreement.

Daniels is also now hoping that returning the money could allow her to end her silence.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said she would wire the money to an account designated by the president by Friday if he agrees.

“It hasn’t been about the money and in fact if she wanted to sell her story to the highest bidder she could have obtained far more than $130,000,” he said in an interview with CNN.

He contended Daniels always intended to remain silent, until Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, began giving interviews and bringing the matter to public light. He said Daniels’ only motivation now is to explain her side of the story.

Cohen has said he made the payment with his own money.

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