Clifford and Trump had an intimate relationship that lasted from the summer of 2006 “well into the year 2007,” and meetings in Lake Tahoe and at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the lawsuit alleges. In the past, Cohen has said the president denies there was ever a relationship.
The lawsuit says that Cohen — who says he used his personal funds to facilitate a payment to Clifford — has been trying to scare the actress into not talking.
“To be clear, the attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated,” says the suit. “On or about February 27, 2018, Mr. Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles.”
The nondisclosure agreement said any further dispute would be resolved by binding arbitration “to the greatest extent permitted by law.”If the agreement is void because Trump didn’t sign it, as Clifford argues, the arbitration clause would also be unenforceable.