Stormy Daniels sues Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for defamation


Adult film star and possible presidential foil Stormy Daniels has continued to perform in gentlemen's clubs nationwide since news broke of her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, an affair she says occurred roughly a decade before he took office.

Daniels: I'm not exactly sure who they were.

Her story of an affair with Trump and hush money paid in the waning days of an election has shown resiliency while other scandals have come and gone, and now it is one of three court cases that could pose headaches for the president.

Daniels said she was shaken by the experience but never told police out of fear.

She says Cohen's admission last month that he paid her the $130,000 invalidates its existence.

On CNN's "New Day" on Monday, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said there's no doubt that Cohen or someone from the Trump organization was behind the alleged threat. It was the biggest audience for "60 Minutes" since a November 16, 2008 post-election interview with Barack and Michelle Obama.

Daniels also said she was warned about legal issues, saying: "The exact sentence used was, 'They can make your life hell in many different ways'".

"She's familiar with the club, and we know she's excited", he added.

During the first leg of her tour in January, Daniels told The Washington Post how the scandal had overshadowed her porn career as she peddled DVDs of her films.

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The broadcast contained new information about the alleged affair in 2006 and marked the first time that Daniels described being threatened by an unknown person in 2011, a few weeks after she agreed to talk to a tabloid magazine about Trump.

Cohen has admitted to paying Daniels, but maintains it was independent of the Trump campaign. But she then feared for her family's safety after being subjected to threats. "The only one who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims", Shah said. Forget the story." She said he then looked at her daughter and said, "That's a attractive little girl. When he took her back to his hotel room, he attempted to break the ice by showing her his latest magazine cover.

And in an unrelated case, a NY state Supreme Court judge ruled recently that a defamation case involving the president and a former contestant on The Apprentice who claims he sexually harassed her can move forward in state court, as NPR's Vanessa Romo reported. Afterward, he asked to see her again, she said.

He said Trump had "consistently denied these allegations" of a sexual relationship with Daniels.

Daniels said that before they had sex Trump had broached the idea of her being a contestant on "The Apprentice", and she likened it to a "business opportunity".

Blakely demanded that Daniels cease and desist from making further "false and defamatory" statements about Cohen, and asked for a retraction and apology for the comments she made in Sunday's interview.

Daniels' told "60 Minutes" on Sunday that she felt she had "no choice" but to sign the statements because of the nondisclosure agreement she had signed.

Davidson, now Daniels' former attorney, said in a statement that he could not speak publicly until Daniels waived attorney-client privilege, but that he looked forward to correcting the record soon.