Stormy Daniels Sues Trump’s Attorney For Defamation
Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday for defamation, according to court documents, escalating a legal battle between the president and the porn star.
Daniels originally sued Trump on March 6, saying he never signed an agreement for her to stay silent about what she called their “intimate” relationship. Monday’s filing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles amended the original lawsuit to say Daniels was defamed.
Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Cohen “meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted, and that her claims about her relationship with Mr. Trump” were not true.
Daniels’ defamation allegation was based on a Feb. 13 statement by Cohen that she said hurt her reputation.
Um, okay!? Isn’t your reputation defamed anyway? And you did that all on your own. I mean really being a porn star isn’t anything to be proud of.
The latest filing also said $130,000 Cohen paid Daniels in October 2016 just before the presidential election to secure her silence amounted to an illegal campaign contribution, and that the agreement should be declared void.
Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket, but has not explained why or if Trump was aware of the payment.
In filings with the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission, watchdog groups have said the $130,000 may have exceeded campaign contribution limits, violating U.S. law. Cohen has denied this.
California attorney Michael Overing, who specializes in defamation law, said it would be difficult for Daniels to prevail on her defamation claim because she is a public figure.
To prove libel, she would have to show that a false statement was made with either reckless or purposeful disregard for the truth, Overing said.(CNBC)