WASHINGTON — Adult film star Stormy Daniels filed a defamation suit against Donald Trump Monday, targeting the president for his insistence that she was not threatened over sharing details of an alleged affair.
The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, focuses on a tweet Trump posted earlier this month calling Daniels’ claim a “con job.”
A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Daniels had previously stated that she was approached and threatened in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 after she had shared her account of an alleged sexual relationship between the two with InTouch Weekly.
“Mr. Trump made his statement either knowing it was false, had serious doubts about the truth of his statement, or made the statement with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity,” the complaint reads.
Attorneys for Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, concluded that the remark resulted in damages over $75,000 and demanded a trial by jury.
Daniels is currently locked in a legal fight with Trump over her attorneys claim that a non-disclosure agreement she signed shortly before the election was invalid since the president did not personally sign it.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels and initially knowing about a $130,000 payment made from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to ensure her silence.