Donald Trump with Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, in a 2006 photo uploaded to her Myspace.com account. Picture: MySpace
Donald Trump with Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, in a 2006 photo uploaded to her Myspace.com account. Picture: MySpace

Donald Trump pursues porn star Stormy Daniels for $26m

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is reportedly seeking $US20 million ($26 million) in damages from Stormy Daniels, claiming through his lawyer that the porn actress violated a nondisclosure agreement by speaking publicly about her alleged affair with the president.

Mr Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen also wants the ongoing dispute with Ms Daniels to take place in private arbitration - as Ms Daniels has been litigating the matter publicly, according to The Washington Post.

US President Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels. Picture: AFP
US President Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels. Picture: AFP

The New York Post reports that filings show Mr Trump has also added lawyer Charles Harder, who is infamous for representing Hulk Hogan in a case that resulted in the bankruptcy of Gawker.

Hogan was awarded $US140 million ($180 million) before Gawker and the wrestler settled for $US31 million ($40 million).

Lawyer Charles Harder represented Hulk Hogan. Picture: Supplied
Lawyer Charles Harder represented Hulk Hogan. Picture: Supplied

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Ms Daniels, claimed that the legal manoeuvre was a "bullying tactic" aimed at "hiding the truth from the public."

Ms Daniels has said in court papers that she slept with Mr Trump and signed an agreement just days before the 2016 election to stay silent about the affair in exchange for $US130,000 ($168,000).

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Picture: AFP
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Picture: AFP

 

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission

 

 

Michael Avenatti who is the lawyer for Stormy Daniels. Picture: Supplied
Michael Avenatti who is the lawyer for Stormy Daniels. Picture: Supplied
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