Stormy Daniels sues Donald Trump for defamation

first_imgShare on Messenger Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Share on Pinterest Donald Trump Mon 30 Apr 2018 14.29 EDT Stormy Daniels filed the complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. At issue is a tweet Trump made in which he dismissed a composite sketch that Daniels says depicts a man who threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.In the tweet earlier this month, Trump said: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”The filing says the tweet was “false and defamatory”, arguing that Trump was speaking about Daniels and that he “knew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people around the world, as well as widely reported”. It also says Daniels has been “exposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence”.Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Her attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday: “We intend on teaching Mr Trump that you cannot simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences.” Play Video Read more Share via Email Share via Email 0:36 At issue is Trump’s dismissal of a composite sketch that Daniels says depicts a man who threatened her to keep quiet over alleged affair The adult film actor who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump is escalating her legal fight, suing the president for defamation. Share on Facebook Shares345345 Stormy Daniels sues Donald Trump for defamation US politics Share on Twitter Reuters The lawsuit is the latest legal move from Daniels, who already is suing to be released from a non-disclosure deal she agreed to days before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000. The payment was made by the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. That civil lawsuit was delayed in federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, with the judge citing a criminal investigation that Cohen is facing.Cohen asked for a delay after FBI agents raided his home and office several weeks ago. The FBI was seeking records about the nondisclosure agreement. Cohen’s attorney said in court last week that because the criminal investigation overlaps with issues in the lawsuit, his client’s right against self-incrimination could be adversely impacted because he won’t be able to respond and defend himself.Aided by her hard-charging attorney, Michael Avenatti, Daniels has aggressively sought to keep her case in the public eye. Several weeks ago, she revealed a sketch on ABC’s The View that she said depicts the man who warned her in 2011 to stay quiet about a 2006 tryst with Trump.Trump faces a number of allegations about his sexual exploits long before he ran for president. The White House says Trump did not have a sexual encounter with Daniels, and the president has denied the other allegations as well.Trump is also facing a New York defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice. Zervos has accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact in 2007 and sued him after he dismissed the claims as made up. A judge ruled that lawsuit can move forward. Share on WhatsApp Stormy Daniels arrives at federal court in New York, earlier in April.Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP Stormy Daniels news … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn First published on Mon 30 Apr 2018 14.06 EDT This article is more than 1 year old Stormy Daniels Stormy Daniels lawyer predicts Michael Cohen will ‘flip’ on Trump Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Since you’re here… ‘Mr Cohen has acted like he is above the law’: Stormy Daniels on Trump’s lawyer – video Reuse this contentlast_img

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