The lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen predicted that Cohen will "flip" and cooperate with federal prosecutors in a related criminal investigation in Manhattan.
Monday's case is focused instead on a Trump tweet regarding a sketch that Daniels released that purports to be a man she says threatened her in a parking lot in Las Vegas in 2011.
Stormy says Trump's tweet about the "nonexistent man" who threatened her counts was 'false and defamatory'. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"
The lawsuit adds a new complication to litigation involving Trump and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who paid Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 US presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
"Mr Trump used his national and global audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms Clifford", the filing to a NY federal court reads.
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".
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Last week, a federal judge put the earlier suit on hold for 90 days because Cohen is now under federal investigation in connection with the payment to Clifford.
Daniels is already suing Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen in a separate case in Los Angeles. The FBI was seeking records about the nondisclosure agreement.
Daniels says she had unprotected sex with Trump once in 2006, a few months after Melania Trump gave birth to the couple's son, Barron, and continued to see Trump for several months.
Trump faces a number of allegations about his sexual exploits long before he ran for president.
The case is Clifford v Trump, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-03842.
Norm Eisen, who served as the White House ethics chief under former President Barack Obama, writes on Twitter that these payments "could be illegal... on so many levels". A judge ruled that lawsuit can move forward.