Stormy Daniels launches fundraising drive for Trump lawsuit

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels has launched an online fundraising drive for her legal fight against President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE

The drive on Crowd Justice has raised more than $21,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. Proceeds are intended to help Daniels in her fight to void a nondisclosure agreement Daniels and Trump attorney Michael Cohen signed in October of 2016.

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has offered to return the $130,000 she was paid under the agreement in exchange for the freedom to talk publicly about her alleged affair with Trump years earlier.

"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," she wrote on the website. 

Daniels last week filed a civil suit against Trump in an effort to void the deal, which she says is not valid because Trump never signed it.

"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," she said. 

Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, retweeted a Washington Post story on the fundraising drive.  

Cohen has acknowledged making the payment, but says it was done with his own funds.

Avenatti says it is “absolutely laughable” that Trump was unaware of the agreement. 

The White House has denied that the president had an affair with Daniels. 

—Updated at 4:34 p.m.