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Former Stormy Daniels Lawyer Sues Cohen for Recording Calls

Michael Cohen Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

The former lawyer for adult movie star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, accused Donald Trump’s long-term private attorney Michael Cohen of recording their telephone conversations without permission.

Keith Davidson represented Clifford in 2016 when he negotiated a $130,000 “hush payment” for her with Cohen to keep her from disclosing an alleged tryst she had with Trump 10 years earlier.

Davidson filed a claim Thursday in the lawsuit that Clifford brought this week against him and Cohen for allegedly colluding against her. It’s against the law in California to record a telephone conversation without getting prior permission from the other person.

A lawyer for Cohen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Davidson’s allegation.

The case is Clifford v. Davidson, 18-cv-05052, U.S. District Court, Central District for California (Los Angeles).

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