Stormy Daniels Sues Trump Alleging Defamation Over Threat Claim

Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford also known as Stormy Daniels speaks to media along with lawyer Michael Avenatti outside federal court in Manhattan

The new lawsuit focuses on a tweet the president posted on April 18, casting doubt on a forensic sketch of a man Daniels claims threatened her to keep quiet about Trump in 2011.

Stormy says Trump's tweet about the "nonexistent man" who threatened her counts was 'false and defamatory'. Forget the story.' And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a handsome little girl.

According to Monday's court filing, Daniels has been "exposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence, causing her both emotional and economic damages".

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Trump has about 51.4 million Twitter followers.

The presidential tweet was notable in that it was one of the first times Trump has acknowledged Daniels's claims.

Cohen has dominated national headlines since federal agents stormed into his Manhattan office and hotel room earlier this month and seized a cache of records, including communications between him and Trump.




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 US.

The lawsuit contends that Daniels' ex-husband approached the magazine without approval from Daniels, adding that "she did so only after being told that the magazine was going to be running the story with or without her cooperation".

Trump retweeted a sketch of the man, calling it "a total con job".

Cohen asked for a delay after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his home and office several weeks ago.

On Friday, a federal judge in Los Angeles put Daniels' lawsuit against Trump and Cohen on hold for 90 days, due to a pending criminal investigation of Cohen in NY. Sources told ABC News that the Trump campaign payments, which were made between October 2017 and January 2018, were not related to the Daniels case.

Avenatti acknowledged that malice will be hard to prove but said he was confident in the merits of the case.

"A guy walked up on me and said to me: 'Leave Trump alone".

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