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Stormy Daniels sues Trump lawyer for defamation

by Evan Wilt
Posted 3/27/18, 11:42 am

WASHINGTON—Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, sued President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for defamation on Monday. Clifford claims Cohen accused her of being a liar when he issued a statement in February about a $130,000 payment he made to her shortly before the 2016 presidential election. “Both on its face, and because of the facts and circumstances known to persons who read or heard the statement, it was reasonably understood Mr. Cohen meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted,” the complaint read. Clifford has already started a legal battle to break the nondisclosure agreement she signed in October 2016, claiming it is invalid because Trump did not sign it. Monday’s suit came one day after CBS News’ 60 Minutes broadcast Anderson Cooper’s interview with Clifford, during which she reiterated claims she had an affair with Trump in July 2006—shortly after his wife, Melania, had given birth to their son Barron. The broadcast attracted 21 million viewers, the highest ratings for the show in years. During the interview, Clifford claimed that in 2011 a man in a Las Vegas parking lot threatened her not to talk about Trump. White House spokesman Raj Shah denied that accusation on Monday: “There is nothing to corroborate her claim,” he told reporters. Trump has long denied he had any kind of relationship with Clifford.

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Evan Wilt

Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/27/2018 06:51 pm

    I’m sorry, but I have a problem regarding this “news” as of sufficient importance to be included in World’s news coverage. 

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 03/27/2018 11:17 pm

    I agree with OldMike, but I have one question: "How is it possible to defame a porn star?"

  • JP
    Posted: Wed, 03/28/2018 07:55 am

    Excellent question

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 03/28/2018 05:02 pm

    Also, this person said she had an affair with Trump, denied she had an affair with Trump, again said she had an affair with Trump.  Can “had an affair/didn’t have an affair” both be true?  No. So how hard should it be to dismiss her defamation suit?

    CaptTee, +++ to your comment!  

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 03/29/2018 09:18 am

    What example did Jesus give us about how to treat women who are publicly known as sinners?

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 03/30/2018 11:07 pm

    OldMike, I am curious to know:  if the President's policies were more like Pres. Obama's policies, would you still feel that this story is not worth including?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sun, 04/01/2018 03:09 am

    IF Mr. Obama was accused of having had an affair some 11 years before he took office, and especially if the circumstances of the accuser were such that her testimony might be considered less than reliable, yes, I might say, “For Pete’s sake, this is ridiculous. Drop it.”  

    I never liked Mr. Obama’s policies, but I hated the ugly personal attacks people made on him and his wife.

    On the other hand, Bill Clinton had at least one infamous sexual escapade while in office. I condemned that, and felt that, among other things, proved him unfit for the Presidency. Yes, lots of powerful men have temptation come their way, and some give in to it. But our President should be a person of uncommon self-control, the more so while he holds the Presidency.   

    And no, I do not consider Mr. Trump to be a paragon of self-control, although some of his shooting from the hip on Twitter is probably for putting the bluff on people he feels need a bunch of pushback. 


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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sun, 04/01/2018 07:23 pm

    Thank you for your straightforward response, Old Mike.  It is good to know that your political views are not influencing your judgment in this matter.