Stormy Daniels sues President Trump for defamation over 'con job' tweet

1 NEWS’ US Correspondent Rebecca Wright has the latest from New York

The lawsuit adds a new complication to litigation involving Mr Trump and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who paid Daniels $130,000 ($173,000) just before the 2016 USA presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Mr Trump.

In her new lawsuit, Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - is accusing Trump of making a "false and defamatory" statement about her claiming that she fabricated her story, which is a criminal offense under NY law.

In the tweet earlier this month, the president said: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man".

"Mr. Trump knows that his personal Twitter account has an audience of over 50 million followers and that the Twitter post would be repeated and reported upon by other news and media outlets online, in print, and on television and radio". Daniels and her lawyer require consideration of their case by a jury, and compensation of the caused damage to the actress.

The allegation is similar to one already included in the Los Angeles lawsuit against Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation for accusing Daniels of lying about the supposed threat.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Neither Trump's lawyers nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment.

Clifford claimed she was threatened in a Las Vegas parking lot after agreeing to an interview with "In Touch" magazine about her alleged affair with Trump. "It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone". The suit claims Trump "purposely did not sign the agreement so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford". Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed the complaint in federal court in NY on Monday.

Avenatti suggested on Twitter Monday that Trump knew about the alleged threat and had some role in it.

Daniels claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and thereafter exchanged calls and messages with him.

Trump is appealing a March 20 decision by a NY state judge in Manhattan that allowed Summer Zervos, a contestant on his former TV show "The Apprentice", to pursue her own defamation case.

The case is Clifford v Trump, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-03842.

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