♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight the president and the porn star, stormy daniels suing president trump claiming she should have the right to speak of an alleged affair. does she have a case. and the legal and political implications that the president knew about the payment to keep her quiet. plus they risk their lives to escape north korea dictatorship. with love d ones still in jeopardy they are telling their story to juju chang. >> and organizing paramilitary groups and sending forbid eninformation across the border they say could bring down the regime. first the "nightline" 5. first the "nightline" 5.
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not to disclose details of an alleged affair with donald trump. today new developments including a lawsuit. >> she's the porn star whose name keeps popping up in the white house briefing room. >> stormy daniels. >> stormy daniels. >> because stormy daniels claims to be intimately familiar with the president of the united states. >> what the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true. >> this week daniel's attorney file aid lawsuit on her behalf in l.a. superior court alleging the agreement she sined in 2016 is now null and void because trump never signed it. >> there's a signature line for mr. trump and he never signed it. >> the president's personal
lawyer michael cohn admits to paying daniels $130,000 of his own money days before the election but told abc news noorj the trump organization nor the trump campaign was a party to the transaction. >> we believe that he absolutely knew about it but purposely did not sign it so that later could have denyability as to its existence and to the payment to miss davenport yells. miss daniels. >> now despite that payment and the agreement, daniels is threatening to tell her story. >> please welcome stormy daniels. >> until now she stopped short of that dropping tantalizing hints to jimmy kimmel. >> do you have a non-disclosure agreement. >> do i? >> you can't say, but if you didn't have a non-disclosure agreement you could say it. >> you're so smart jimmy.
>> but so far court documents this week claim miss clifford began an intimate relationship with mr. trump in the summer of 2006 in lake tahoe and continued that relationship well into the year 2007 putting the start of the relationship 1some time aftr the president married first lady melania trump, four months after good their son was born. her real name stephanie clifford who crossed over into main stream movies in 2005 with a cameo with the "40-year-old virg virgin". and in 2007 she was well aware of the stigma attached to her chosen profession as she told
"nightline." >> it's one of those businesses when you commit to do it there's no going back because of that stigma. the world. i would never be president. i would make an excellent president by the way but would never be president because of what i had done. >> there's a rich tradition of scandals in the oval oscar. kennedy with monroe. ♪ happen yi birthday, mr mr. president ♪ >> most notably bill clinton. >> i did not have sexual relations with that woman. >> of course he wasn't telling the truth. >> depends on what the meaning of the word is. >> that led to his impeachment. all of that providing ample precedent of the news worthiness of the daniels allegationss. >> i think it matters because we're seeing with this administration over a-year a consistent pattern of denying
reality labelling everything dpak news. oddly this a private affair cannot be labelled fake news and continues to dog at this white house. >> it's not just about the morality there's also the money. for one thing that $130,000 payment from trump's personal lawyer to daniels. >> that's illegal. ifs if the money came from mr. cohn that's illegal. >> the watch dog common cause filed complaints with the federal elections commission and department of justice alleging violation of campaign finance laws. >> this is a serious issue because americans have a right to know who is spending money to influence their elections and here we have a major party nominee running for president who ended up becoming president seemgingly intentionally hiding
important information about money he was spending to affect the election that's a big deal. >> experts say this is unlikely to derail trump in the way lewinksi derailed clinton investigation. >> robert mueller is investigating a lot of issues. there's concerns but i don't think stormy daniels case will be near the top of the to-do list. >> in an era of me too at a time women are drawing record crowds to march against the president and his policies the issue is not likely to endear him to women voters. >> i would home that stormy daniels courage in filing this lawsuit and getting her story out would inspire any other women who may be out there who have allegations against donald trump to contact an attorney and find out what their rights are and perhaps ultimately speak out. >> today the white house
insisted the president has been cleared. >> as i outlined earlier this case had been won in arbitration and that there was no knowledge of any payments from the president and he's denied all of these allegations. >> late tonight an attorney for the president's attorney michael cohn suggested the lawsuit filed this week violates confidentiality agreement. adding this -- also michael cohn on tained a temporary retraining order to prevent daniels from talking about the alleged affair. ten years ago she couldn't have predicted this. >> where do i see myself in ten years, doing this right now, i'm pretty sure i will not be taking my pants off i will be watching other people doing it. >> little did she know then she'd be a headline the white house can't simply ignore.
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there are two types of people in the world. those who fear the future... and those who embrace it. the future is for the unafraid. ♪ ♪ ♪ they escaped a country where the government uses violence and even starvation to repress its own people and now they're fighting back with their own weapon, information. is in south korea with north korea defectors using their freedom to help the people they
left behind. >> less than 35 miles from the north korea border, skiing is more than a sport. for some it's an act of defiance against north korea. [ speaking foreign language ]. in this working class neighborhood of seoul. a woman uses her voice. to pierce through the border. they're among the 30,000 north koreans who have defected to the south. often risking their lives. like this soldier who plowed through the check point and dashed off as a hail of bullets chased him down. some are using what they say is the most powerful ammunition against a regime built on lies, the truth. >> so many of the north korea defectors we talk to didn't want to show their face on camera
because they're terrified of what the government might do to their families back home. >> this woman is willing to brave the risk. she anchors a nightly radio news broadcast in seoul using an alias and every broadcast is a love letter to the ones she left behind. >> i like to think that my parents and brothers back home are listening to my voice and they are actually listening to it now. >> so they hear your voice. >> in north korea they tell us not to listen to south korea broadcast. when they here another defector came and living in a free country here, and how they live in dem crassy they can change their own views. >> after there father was tortures she fled to china but was captured by north korea guards. >> both men and women are stripped completely naked and
they search our body first. >> body cavity search. >> i thought i was dead. i'm dead now. if you were wearing jeans they would rip it apart and if you were pregnant would beat the woman to cause a misscarriage. >> she was released and paid smugglers and tried again. but sold three times as a would-be bride in china. one of estimated 10,000 north korea women the u.s. state department says could be caught up in this dark trade. miss hahn has also become a den mother of sorts to other defectors serving up dinner to these former north korea soldiers led by commander cheung cho i. they're toasting an eventual turn return to the homeland they
fled a country where two and every five suffer from mal nutrition. >> many came because they couldn't stand the hunger. here they shouldn't have to starve. >> choi military group of defectors former north korea soldiers plotting to bring down the rogue empire. even conducting a mock execution of kim jong-un's father. on this day he i i i defectors to the mountains for readiness training. >> if north korea prepare for war believe they will do it in the winter. >> they believe their training gives them tactical advantage. >> marching through tempts sometimes 20 below zero. >> lessons from the korean war. >> many americans and koreans
froze so they call the ski troop special forces. >> the ski troop is as much team building as it is military readiness. >> a moment airy reprieve for many who made the impossible choice to risk not only their own lives but their families for a chance at freedom. >> they took my brother out and executed him in retaliation. >> but the cruel loss of his brother he says inspired him to take up arms. >> when you go to your family you can say proudly that you didn't just live in the south to fill your bellies or for money. we cried for you, we fought for you. >> and yet you know better than
most that your most powerful weapon is a urksb. >> that's true. >> they're sending the latest episodes of korean soap operas to wild popular dance performances. even hollywood satire of kim young un. illegally transported forbidden information information transported across the chinese border. >> they smuggle these in every three months. >> and other defector groups. >> if we could call north korea or send a letter or e-mail we wouldn't do this but there's no way you can. >> they sent thousands of giant balloons to be picked up by
every day north koreans living in a dictatorship. >> why is the truth so destabilizing to north korea. >> what liars fear most is the truth. and he makes himself higher than gods you destroy that the dictator nation will be pulled down. >> his home country considers 24 such a threat that north korea spies have been sent to assassinate him at least twice. >> what's it like to be constantly surrounded by a threat. >> it's exhausting but someone has to do it. the defectors who do it consider it a mission. >> the worry for our family and the pain is always in our hearts. >> her mission is to help families become whole again through art and family therapy classes. she defected ten years ago and knows firsthand women are more likely to defect but are
especially vulnerable. >> our organization has 7,000 members. about 5% of them come with family. the rest are mostly human trafficked in china and sold. >> this woman recently reunited with her family. her family. even after reaching safety, the emotional scars leaving many having to learn basic freedoms, like expressing emotions. >> they don't know how to express their own feelings because they are monitored in north korea. >> there's literally thought police. >> yes they're very afraid of expressing themselves. >> at the class we met miss yank who crossed the border in 2015 and said her eyes were open to the lies of her home country.
>> i thought that i could live safely here with my belly full. but it's only the people who have experienced kim jong-un's system who can let people know how abnormal it is. >> so your truth and bearing witness is a weapon against the kim jong-un regime? >> yes. >> a hard-fought battle to win what so many of us would consider ordinary. next here the hometown hero that turned up at marjory stoneman douglas high school today on the students first full day back in class since the massacre. >> announcer: abc news "nightline" brought to you by -- hey allergy muddlers: are you one sneeze away from being voted out of the carpool?
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