Stormy Daniels Sues Trump Again
This time she's suing for defamation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2018 2:11 PM CDT
This image released by ABC shows, from left, co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, her attorney Michael Avenatti, co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain...   (Heidi Gutman/ABC via AP)
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(Newser) – After Stormy Daniels shared a forensic sketch of a man she says threatened her in 2011 and warned her not to discuss her alleged affair with now-President Trump, Trump tweeted that it was just "a sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" Now Daniels is suing the president over that tweet. The adult film star filed a defamation suit against the POTUS Monday in federal court in Manhattan, NBC News reports. "Mr. Trump used his national and international audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford," the complaint says. Daniels is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, per the Hill.

According to the complaint, Trump essentially accused Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, of fabricating the threat against her—and that by doing so, he exposed her to more threats. The lawsuit also claims Trump basically accused Daniels of committing a crime, as it is illegal under New York law to falsely accuse someone of committing a crime against you, Bloomberg reports. "Regardless of who you are or what position you hold, you are not permitted to fabricate statements in an effort to deceive people," says Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti. "There are consequences for doing that." (Meanwhile, a federal judge recently put Daniels' other lawsuit against Trump on hold for 90 days.)

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