Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, reportedly obtained a covert temporary restraining order through a private arbitrator against adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an extramarital affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
Cohen also warned Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, that she will face retribution for publicly disclosing details about her relationship with Trump, NBC News reports. The news comes one day after Clifford sued Trump to terminate their "hush agreement."
Last month, Cohen sent the order to Clifford’s former attorney, Keith Davidson, in an email and claimed the document was “to remain confidential.” Clifford’s current attorney, Michael Avenatti, said that Cohen’s attorney Lawrence Rosen “further threatened” Clifford to coerce her into silence about the "truth" and that she would face retaliation if she does speak.
“We do not take kindly to these threats, nor we will be intimidated," Avenatti said.
On Tuesday, Clifford filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Trump, arguing their nondisclosure agreement about her "intimate” relationship with him is invalid because he never signed it. The lawsuit alleges Cohen tried to “intimidate” Clifford and “shut her up” by launching a “bogus arbitration proceeding” against her on Feb. 27.
Clifford and Cohen had signed an agreement ahead of the 2016 election that prevented her from speaking about a sexual encounter between herself and Trump in 2006.
Cohen admitted last month that he paid Clifford $130,000 of his own money.