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Stormy Daniels is taking President Donald Trump to court. The porn star at the center of a presidential sex scandal filed a lawsuit against Trump on Tuesday, alleging that he never signed a nondisclosure agreement that she agreed to in exchange for $130,000.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, charges that the agreed-upon gag order about her "intimate" relationship with Trump is invalid because, while both she and Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen signed the agreement, Trump never did.

The suit, obtained by the New York Daily News, was filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Cohen and White House aides did not immediately return requests for comment.

The lawsuit alleges the agreement is "null and void and of no consequence" because Trump didn't personally sign it. Daniels has claimed she had sex with Trump and then carried on a yearslong platonic relationship. But also she has, through a lawyer, denied the two had an affair.

Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, has said he paid the porn actress $130,000 out of his own pocket as part of the agreement. He's denied there was ever an affair. But the lawsuit also alleges that Cohen has tried to "intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence."

Why pay attention?

The case has made headlines, but given that Daniels/Clifford has been all over the map in making and then denying statements about her relationship with Trump, why? The deeper issue of Trump’s behavior and attitudes towards women continues to attract attention in the wake of #MeToo revelations that have rocked Hollywood and politics.

In December, House Democrats called for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump. “The #MeToo movement has arrived and sexual abuse will not be tolerated, whether it’s by a Hollywood producer, the chef of a restaurant, a member of Congress or the president of the United States,” Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida said at the time. “No man or woman is above the law.”

“I’m sorry, Mr. President, you do not live under a different set of rules,” said Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan.

The White House has dismissed the validity of the claims, with Trump tweeting that Democrats turned to this issue because they've been unable to prove his campaign colluded with Russia. They are now focused on “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.”

Investigation of a Republican president by a Congress controlled by his own party is unlikely. Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said allegations cited by the Democrats “constitute crimes” outside Congressional scope. “This committee, nor any other committee of Congress, does not, and cannot, prosecute crimes,” he said in the letter. “Those alleging sexual assault or criminal sexual conduct deserve to be interviewed by law enforcement professionals, and charging decisions should be made by prosecutors based on the quantum and quality of the admissible and provable evidence.”

How did the case come to light?

Cohen was flagged to the federal government after he used a shell company to wire $130,000 to the porn star in exchange for her silence about a yearlong extramarital affair with Trump, according to media reports.

Cohen, who has worked for Trump in various capacities since 2007, sent the X-rated actress the substantial hush payment via a First Republic Bank account 12 days before the 2016 presidential election.

The hefty transaction, wired through an anonymous limited liability company, drew the attention of First Republic bankers, who reported it to the Treasury Department as suspicious. Banks usually flag any large transactions that deviate from a customer's typical banking patterns or have no apparent business purpose.

After Trump's election, Cohen complained to friends that the newly minted commander in chief had yet to pay him back for the hush payment to Daniels, several people familiar with the matter said.

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Cohen admitted last month that he "facilitated" the payment to Daniels using his own money. But at the time he refused to explain why he had paid the "Good Will Humping" actress and denied that he was reimbursed by Trump, his campaign or his namesake company.

The White House and Cohen have vehemently denied reports that Trump and Daniels had a yearlong affair that started a few weeks after first lady Melania gave birth to their son, Barron, in 2006.

But Daniels detailed her steamy affair with Trump in a 2011 interview with InTouch Magazine. The extensive interview was not published until January because Cohen had threatened to sue the magazine, according to reports.

What's the story on Daniels/Clifford?

Meanwhile, Daniels appears to be trying to profit from it all. A Feb. 25 promotion on the Los Angeles Deja Vu strip club's Instagram noted her appearance: "No Hush Money Required here. SEE THE PORN STAR WORTH $130,000 BUT WILL ONLY COST YOU THE PRICE OF ADMISSION."

Patrons paid $25 for the stop on her nationwide tour. The North Hollywood club was a short drive from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Daniels, 38, reportedly also had dinner and watched "Shark Week" with Trump more than a decade ago.

Daniels appeared in a red cape to Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' rendition of "Little Red Riding Hood." Men in the front row ogled as she began to strip, and stuck dollar bills to her naked body at one point. After exiting stage left, Daniels' assistant brought out a laundry basket to collect her tips.

Between shows, customers stood in line for a meet and greet. One man, sporting a Wicked Pictures T-shirt, explained that he bought a copy of one of Daniels' adult films for her to sign. That cost him $20. For another $20, she posed with him for a photo. Was he there because of Daniels' newfound fame? "No," he said. "I've been a fan of hers for a long time."

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