President Trump is suing prostitute Stormy Daniels for $20 million in damages for repeatedly lying about her relationship with him to the world’s media.
Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen claims that Stormy Daniels violated a nondisclosure agreement 20 times, which would amount to Trump being entitled to $1 million for each violation.
Usatoday.com reports: The claims were made in a court filing on Friday, the same day a high-profile attorney signed on to the case.
Daniels’ story of an alleged affair has been the center of controversy for weeks after it was discovered Cohen paid the porn star $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in California, claiming the nondisclosure was invalid because Trump never signed it and Cohen has discussed some aspects of the agreement publicly.
She has also agreed to return the $130,000. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.
Essential Consultants LLC, a company set up by Cohen that was used to pay her the $130,000, moved the lawsuit to federal court Friday, explaining that neither Daniels nor Trump are residents of California.
That’s when Charles Harder, an attorney who has represented First Lady Melania Trump and Hulk Hogan in a lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker Media, signed on to the case.
In a filing, the company explained Daniels would have to pay $1 million for each violation of the agreement, adding it would seek to arbitrate the case privately, Bloomberg reported.
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Friday’s court filings are just another “bullying tactic.”
“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable,” he said on Twitter. “Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated. #basta”