LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, wants a lawsuit brought by porn actress Stormy Daniels moved to federal court, and claims the woman could owe $20 million in damages for violating a non-disclosure agreement.
The Friday court filing seeks to move Daniels' case from a state-level court to federal court in Los Angeles.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement. She has offered to return the $130,000 she was paid.
The filing accuses Clifford of violating the agreement more than 20 times.
President Trump, weighing in directly on the Stephanie Clifford case for the first time, claimed in court papers that the porn actress violated a confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, exposing her to damages of at least $20 million. https://t.co/AbnngVchYe— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 17, 2018
A separate filing says Trump would join a request to have the case heard by an arbitrator.
Clifford's lawyer says it's an attempt to have the matter decided in private arbitration, "thus hiding the truth from the public.
“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20 million in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is truly remarkable." - Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels https://t.co/tjx0aEJfgE— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 17, 2018