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Trump tweet leads porn star Stormy Daniels to sue for defamation

01 May 2018

Porn star Stormy Daniels filed a new lawsuit against President Donald Trump in which she claims that he defamed her by accusing her of lying about their alleged affair.

Stormy Daniels filed the complaint in federal court in NY on Monday.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in her Manhattan federal suit that she was exposed to "death threats and other threats of physical violence" and has had to hire bodyguards since Trump's April 18 tweet.

The lawsuit claims that President Trump is guilty of defamation for a tweet in which he responded to the release of the sketch. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

The suit says the president's tweet was defamatory as it accused Ms Daniels of "committing a serious crime" - namely, falsely accusing a person of threatening her.

Mr. Trump's representatives have denied that he had a sexual encounter with Ms. Clifford. "It would be a shame if something happened to her mom".

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Daniels and Avenatti unveiled a forensic drawing of the alleged threat-maker on The View. Daniels' attorney said at the time that he was considering an appeal.

Her lawyer Michael Avenatti said Monday: "We intend on teaching Mr Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences".

Clifford claimed she was threatened in a Las Vegas parking lot after agreeing to an interview with "In Touch" magazine about her alleged affair with Trump. A NY judge in March ruled that the case, which like the Daniels' lawsuit is for defamation, can move forward. "Mr. Trump's statement is false and defamatory". Thus, Mr. Trump may have actual knowledge of the incident and of the falsity of his statement.

The judge cited the reasonably high likelihood that letting the case continue might threaten Cohen's constitutional right against self-incrimination.

Daniels, through her attorney, Michael Avenatti, claims that that particular tweet amounts to an act of defamation. The payment was made by the president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Earlier this month, FBI agents raided Cohen's home, hotel room and law offices as part of a criminal fraud investigation.

Trump tweet leads porn star Stormy Daniels to sue for defamation