In 2017, Cohen paid US$130,000 to Stormy Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – as part of the confidentiality agreement, the Wall Street Journal reports. Start-ups and inventors can use these agreements to prevent them from disclosing proprietary information, while researchers can use it among study participants. People in public life can use them for domestic servants, including housekeepers and even babysitters. In California and a handful of other states, Hush contracts are now formally prohibited in cases of sexual harassment. This often means that such transactions are not applied in court, whether companies such as NBC release their counterparties or not. The courts, for example, will not force a silenced sacrifice, which now wishes to speak, to return the money it received. National bans are pending before Congress. Hush contracts exploit people`s psychological instincts in an even more perverse way. They confront those who know the bad behaviour with a lot of ethical compromises. In the event of allegations of sexual harassment, the NDAs require the victim to expressly agree to protect the predator from public scrutiny, making them formally complicit. They describe a market that exchanges money to compensate for an unwanted act of intimacy after the fact. This is a classic case of what cultural psychology calls a “taboo compromise”, a transaction that goes against the sacred values of a society.
And of course, the agreement prepares the scene of a definitive offense, because it turns every subsequent act of the truth into a broken promise. Hush`s money may relate to money that has been paid for a confidentiality agreement that can be violated by court order. It can also refer to an agreement to say that something did not happen, that happened, even in the declarations of justice. The latter type of agreement can be an offence of obstruction of justice. Two months later, in October 2016, adult film actress Stormy Daniels announced to the editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer that she intended to reveal accusations of an affair with Trump. The editor again contacted Cohen, who negotiated a deal with Daniels` lawyer to buy her silence for $130,000.