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Stormy Daniels Says Trump’s Threats Are Based on a ‘Giant Lie’

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Stormy Daniels, left, speaks to members of the media while attorney Michael Avenatti listens outside Federal Court in New York on April 16, 2018.

President Donald Trump can’t just walk away from a $130,000 hush deal with Stormy Daniels after having conducted a six-month public relations campaign to discredit and bully the adult film actress, her lawyer said.

Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, both filed court papers in recent days saying they wouldn’t seek to enforce the October 2016 contract to keep Daniels quiet about a sexual tryst she says she had with Trump, or challenge claims that it wasn’t valid. They want Daniels to return the money she was paid.

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Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said in a filing Monday that their change of heart was evidence Trump and Cohen had deceived the court and the public by insisting the hush payment was valid and enforceable to try to silence Daniels.

"These threats were all premised on a giant lie," Avenatti said in the filing in Los Angeles federal court. "If they are now to be believed, Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen never had a good faith basis to assert that they would be able to enforce the settlement agreement as reflected by their recent filings."

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Avenatti urged the judge not to dismiss the case, saying Trump and Cohen’s proposal is just a settlement offer which Daniels won’t accept. He said it’s in the public interest to keep the case going so the truth about the agreement can be made public.

Avenatti said he’d meet with lawyers for Trump and Cohen to discuss the future of the case. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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