US President Trump sued for defamation by adult film star Stormy Daniels

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That lawsuit seeks to invalidate a 2016 non-disclosure agreement Daniels signed over the alleged Trump affair.

The adult film star filed a lawsuit against Trump on Monday, saying that his April 18 tweet was defamatory for claiming that Daniels was trying to pull off a "total con job" over an alleged incident from 2011, according to the Huffington Post.

[W] e filed this lawsuit against Mr. Trump for his recent irresponsible and defamatory statements about my client Stormy Daniels.

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 United States presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Mr Trump. There is a $100,000 reward for the identification of the man. Cohen has previously admitted giving Ms Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket, but has not said why he did this.

The whole saga broke out in March when Daniels, at a television interview, said she was threatened to be quiet over the affair in 2011. And a guy walked up on me and said to me, "Leave Trump alone". "And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a handsome little girl".

Ms Daniels" filing, which was filed in a NY court on Monday, states that the tweet was "false and defamatory", and further claims that President Trump "knew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people around the world, as well as widely reported'.

Cohen has admitted paying Dollars 130,000 to Clifford - a payment the porn star says was made to keep her quiet just days before the November 2016 presidential vote.

The suit notes that Trump's tweet was linked to another user's message suggesting that the sketch is one of Daniels' ex-husband. The actress is claiming that the agreement is void because Trump never actually signed the documents.

"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", the complaint reads.

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