It's happening. The President of the United States (Donald Trump, for those who have successfully blocked it out) is being sued by Stormy Daniels, an adult film star with whom he allegedly had an affair.
Stormy is saying it happened, and that the "hush agreement" is invalid because he never signed it.
Here are the wildest details from the official court document.
Ms. Clifford began an intimate relationship with Mr. Trump in the Summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe and continued her relationship with Mr. Trump well into the year 2007. This relationship included, among other things, at least one "meeting" with Mr. Trump in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel located within Los Angeles County.
After discovering Ms. Clifford's plans, Mr Trump, with the assistance of his attorney [Michael Cohen], aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling the truth, thus helping ensure he won the Presidential Election. Mr. Cohen subsequently prepared a draft non-disclosure agreement and presented it to Ms. Clifford and her attorney (the "Hush Agreement").
The agreement...required the signature of all parties to the agreement, including that of Mr. Trump. Moreover, as is customary, it was widely understood at all times that unless all of the parties signed the documents as required, the Hush Agreement, together with all of its terms and conditions, was null and void.
...in January 2017, concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, through intimidation and coercive tactics, forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that repots of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false.
And if any obligations did exist, "they were breached and/or excused by Mr. Cohen and his public statements to the media."
Cohen "surreptitiously initiated a bogus arbitration proceeding against Ms. Clifford in Los Angeles. Remarkably, he did so without even providing Ms. Clifford with notice of the proceeding and basic due process."
Prior to entering this Agreement, PP [Stormy] came into possession of certain "Confidential Information" pertaining to DD [Trump]...some of which is in tangible form, which includes, but is not limited to information, certain still images and/or text messages which were authored by or relate to DD.
I'm not a lawyer, but this sounds like legalese for "dick pics."
According to the agreement, that means "any and all artistic media, impressions, paintings, video images, still images, e-mail messages, text messages, Instagram message, facebook posting or any other type of creation by DD. PP shall transfer all physical, ownership and intellectual property rights to DD."
If Stormy blabbed, she'd need to hand over to Trump ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
The consequence of this lawsuit isn't just the juicy factoid that the president had an affair: it's that he conspired to cover it up during the campaign and well into his presidency, which, according to Congressman Ted Lieu, violates campaign finance laws.
As ThinkProgress's Judd Legum notes, "The lawsuit effectively puts Trump in an impossible position: He either has to argue that his agreement to pay hush money to an adult film star is a legally enforceable contract or say there is no contract and she is free to talk about whatever she wants."