The president’s legal team on Friday filed paperwork to move the lawsuit filed against him by Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, to federal court. Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, claims that Daniels could owe $20 million in damages for violating the non-disclosure agreement.
Bloomberg reported the motion to transfer the lawsuit from California state court to a federal court in Los Angeles. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, signed a nondisclosure agreement with Essential Consultants LLC, the company set up by Cohen. Daniels was paid $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
Clifford’s lawyer Michael Avenatti criticized the court filing in a tweet Friday, calling it “yet another bullying tactic from the president and Mr. Cohen.”
“They are now attempting to remove this case to federal [court] in order to increase their chances that the matter will be decided in private arbitration, thus hiding the truth from the public,” Avenatti wrote.
Avenatti followed that Tweet with this:
Earlier, Avenatti told the Associated Press that his client had been “physically threatened,” but he would not provide any details or say if the threat came from anyone associated with Trump.
The documents filed Friday also reveal that Trump is being represented in the case by Los Angeles-based attorney Charles Harder. He has previously worked for Trump and the First Lady, and also is known for his work with Hulk Hogan. The former wrestler won a $140 million judgment against website Gawker over a leaked sex tape, forcing the company into bankruptcy. Hogan and Gawker later reached a $31 million cash settlement.
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Credit: The Hill