‘Buckle Up’: Stormy Daniels Is Suing Trump For Defamation Over Tweet
Stormy Daniels is suing Donald Trump for defamation over his tweet dismissing a composite sketch of a man who the adult film star says threatened her over her alleged affair with the former reality show star. She has recently also filed a lawsuit against Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Earlier this month, Trump called the sketch “a total con job” in a tweet.
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
Well, that tweet is coming back to haunt him in a bigly fashion.
“By calling the incident a ‘con job,’ Mr. Trump’s statement would be understood to state that Ms. Clifford was fabricating the crime and the existence of the assailant, both of which are prohibited under New York law, as well as the law of numerous other states,” Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti wrote in the lawsuit.
“It was apparent that Mr. Trump meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted, that her claims about the threatening encounter are false, and that she was falsely accusing the individual depicted in the sketch of committing a crime, where no crime had been committed. … 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,” Avenatti wrote.
Avenatti made the announcement on Twitter.
“Moments ago, we filed this lawsuit against Mr. Trump for his recent irresponsible and defamatory statements about my client @stormydaniels,” he tweeted. “He is well aware of what transpired and his complicity. We fully intend on bringing it to light. #buckleup #basta”
Moments ago, we filed this lawsuit against Mr. Trump for his recent irresponsible and defamatory statements about my client @stormydaniels. He is well aware of what transpired and his complicity. We fully intend on bringing it to light. #buckleup #bastahttps://t.co/ZuBjI1EY9z
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 30, 2018
Last week, Cohen invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in the Daniels’ suit, saying he could not effectively defend himself because he might incriminate himself in the federal case.