>> The legal fight between President Donald Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels is heating up as Trump sues the porn star who claims to have had an affair with him, seeking $20 million in damages. On Friday, a law firm representing Trump and the corporation that paid Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money said in a court filing in Los Angeles, it wants damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement she signed in October 2016.
Daniels's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, fired back, calling the lawsuit, quote, another bullying tactic by Trump and his private lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen is the man who arranged the payment to Daniels during the 2016 presidential election. She claims the nondisclosure agreement is void because Trump never signed it, and she's filed a lawsuit to have it nullified.
Now Trump's lawyers want that lawsuit moved to a federal district court, where it's more likely Daniels would be forced into an arbitration process that could be kept out of the public eye. Under the nondisclosure agreement, Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, could be hit with a $1 million penalty every time the deal is broken.
Trump's lawyers say she's done that at least 20 times, and they're upping the pressure on her to keep quiet. The legal tug-of-war comes just days after it was revealed that the Trump organization was directly involved in efforts to silence Daniels. Daniels's lawyers also claiming that efforts to keep her quiet aren't just taking place in the courtroom.
On Friday, he told several cable news shows that Daniels had been physically threatened and warned to remain silent. He didn't provide details about the alleged threats, but said Daniels would when she appears on 60 Minutes on March 25th.