“President Trump, weighing in directly,” for the first time, on the case of Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — “claimed in court papers filed by his lawyers on Friday that the porn actress who alleges she had an affair with him violated a confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, exposing her to damages of at least $20 million,” reports The New York Times.
The story says, “Mr. Trump formally joined his legal team’s response to Ms. Clifford’s suit [that the confidentiality agreement is invalid] in a motion, filed Friday, to move the case from state court in Los Angeles, where Ms. Clifford filed her claim, to federal court.”
The Times adds, “Until now, Mr. Trump had kept his distance from the legal wrangling, leaving it to his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to take the lead in refuting Ms. Clifford’s claims. And the White House has refused to say how involved Mr. Trump had even been in the initial agreement with Ms. Clifford, signed in October 2016.”
Trump “vehemently” denies any affair took place, according to previous statements by Cohen.
The USA Today story also says that “Charles Harder, an attorney who represented Hulk Hogan in a lawsuit that bankrupted Gawker Media, signed on to represent Trump in moving the case to federal court and [trying to force] the matter back into secret arbitration proceedings.”