7 Things to Know About Stormy Daniels’ New Defamation Lawsuit Against President Trump
Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump takes the “president and porn star” saga to an entirely new level. Her 2006 affair with Trump was cloaked in hush money, delivered with brut force by Trump’s attorney only a month before the presidential election.
The scandal became a “he said, she said” until a lawsuit was officially filed against Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen in March. However, today’s suit is against Trump himself with Daniels alleging he did something to defame her character. What did Trump do and what does this latest round of legal chess mean? Page 7 drops the mic on what is likely to happen with this suit.
1. This where the lawsuit is rooted
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti released a sketch of the man who threatened his client and her infant daughter in a Las Vegas parking lot, according to Reuters. The incident occurred in 2011 after Daniels agreed to talk to In Touch magazine about her sexual encounter with Trump.
Next: Of course he couldn’t resist.
2. Trump explodes on Twitter
News of the sketch sent Trump to his Twitter account writing, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
Next: Daniels learned this only days after Trump’s tweet.
3. Daniels wasn’t making headway with her lawsuit against Trump’s lawyer
Cohen said he would use his fifth amendment privileges and refuse to address any questions surrounding the lawsuit Daniels filed in March, The Huffington Post reports. The lawsuit was put on ice for the next 90 days and Avenatti vowed to file an appeal and even take the case to the Supreme Court.
Next: So she sues Trump.
4. The new lawsuit keeps pressure on Trump
Daniels could have gone quietly into the night and waited for her suit against Cohen to play out. But instead she filed a new suit, this time calling out Trump on his tweet.
Next: This is the crux of the suit.
5. Here is the basis of the suit
Daniels is now suing Trump for his April 18 tweet, accusing him of defamation. The suit says Trump accused Daniels (whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford) of lying and, “in that it effectively states that Ms. Clifford falsely accused an individual of committing a crime against her when no such crime occurred,” The New York Times reports.
Next: Daniels is seeking financial compensation.
6. Defamation has a price
Daniels is seeking “unspecified damages” exceeding $75,000, according to The New York Times.
Next: Does she have chance of winning this one?
7. This is the likely outcome
According to a legal analysis by NBC News, a New York court is likely to dismiss the case. Because any reasonable person reading a Trump tweet knows it is general nonsense and Daniels is unlikely to receive damage to her reputation or work.
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