Adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump in US federal court Monday afternoon claiming he made a defamatory statement when commenting on her description of a man she alleged threatened her in 2011.
Trump's tweet on April 18 shared a police sketch of a man that Daniels claims threatened her to stay quiet about the alleged affair in 2011.
Trump's tweet exposed Daniels to "contempt, ridicule. and physical threats of violence", the complaint says. The suit claims Trump "purposely did not sign the agreement so he could later, if need be, publicly disavow any knowledge of the Hush Agreement and Ms. Clifford".
Trump has more than 50 million Twitter followers.
Her lawyer Michael Avenatti said Monday: "We intend on teaching Mr Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences".
The harrowing incident happened a few weeks after Daniels agreed to discuss the alleged tryst with In Touch magazine - which was tipped off about the matter by her ex-husband, her suit says.
"Mr. Trump's statement is false and defamatory", according to the lawsuit. "I will always protect Mr. Trump", Cohen had said.
Her attorney Michael Avenatti said: "We intend on teaching Mr. Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences".
Earlier this month, FBI agents raided Cohen's home, hotel room and law offices as part of a criminal fraud investigation.
Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2018 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas.
Trump is appealing a March 20 decision by a NY state judge in Manhattan that allowed Summer Zervos, a contestant on his former TV show "The Apprentice", to pursue her own defamation case. Zervos has accused Trump of unwanted sexual contact in 2007 and sued him after he dismissed the claims as made up.