2018-04-30 22:13:17 UTC
Adult-film actress and perpetual thorn in the Trump administrations side,
Stormy Daniels, is suing Donald Trump for defamation.
Danielss attorney, Michael Avenatti, announced the suit via Twitter and
included a PDF link to the full complaint.
During a 60 Minutes interview in March, Daniels said that a man approached her
in a grocery store parking lot in 2011 and threatened her to keep quiet about
her alleged affair with Trump. Daniels claims that the mystery man looked down
at her infant daughter and said, Thats a beautiful little girl. Itd be a
shame if something happened to her mom.
After a forensic sketch of the man Daniels claims threatened her circulated
online, Trump cried foul on Twitter, calling the man nonexistent and the
entire ordeal a con job. The suit against Trump claims that Trump knew that
his tweets would damage Danielss, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford,
reputation and open her up to harassment and violence.
From the lawsuit:
Mr. Trumps statement falsely attacks the veracity of Ms. Cliffords account of
the threatening incident that took place in 2011. It also operates to accuse Ms.
Clifford of committing a crime under New York law, as well as the law of
numerous other states, in that it effectively states that Ms. Clifford falsely
accused an individual of committing a crime against her when no such crime
occurred. Mr. Trumps statement is false and defamatory. In making the
statement, Mr. Trump used his national and international audience of millions of
people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford.
Mr. Trump knew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people
around the world, as well as widely reported, and that Ms. Clifford would be
subjected to threats of violence, economic harm, and reputational damage as a
Trump hasnt tweeted about it. Yet.
His legal actions total 5,200:
1,900 as plaintiff;
1450 as defendent, and
150 as bankruptcy or other legal matter.
He has won or settled about 210 with 70 lawsuits pending including several