NEW YORK — See you in court, Mr. President.
Stormy Daniels filed a new complaint against President Donald Trump in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, this time for defamation.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says Trump unfairly branded her a liar after she claimed an unidentified man threatened her in Las Vegas in 2011 because she spoke to In Touch Magazine about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
Last month, Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti released a sketch of the alleged assailant. A day later, Trump blasted the sketch in a post on Twitter.
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump tweeted.
“Mr. Trump’s statement falsely attacks the veracity of Ms. Clifford’s account of the threatening incident that took place in 2011,” the new lawsuit states.
“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,” it says. “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 result.”
The new lawsuit says Clifford’s losses related to the alleged defamation exceed $75,000. It seeks both compensatory and punitive damages to be decided by a jury.
Speaking to the Daily News two weeks ago, Avenatti called Trump’s tweet “ridiculous.”
“It’s absolutely irresponsible for anybody to do that, let alone the President of the United States,” he said. “His undisciplined nature may serve him in some context. It’s not going to serve him well with me and my client.”
Clifford already is suing Trump and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she signed back in 2016.
The prior lawsuit seeks to invalidate the $130,000 “hush agreement” because Trump never signed the document.
A federal judge in Los Angeles placed a 90-day freeze on that legal battle Friday because Cohen is under criminal investigation in New York and has stated he plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the civil case.
President Trump is also facing a separate defamation case in New York brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos.
Zervos has accused Trump of groping her and then calling her a liar when she spoke to the press.US