Stormy Daniels Files Defamation Suit Against Donald Trump

1 NEWS’ US Correspondent Rebecca Wright has the latest from New York

Stormy Daniels, the porn actress alleging an affair with President Trump, is escalating her legal fight by suing the president for defamation.

Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump was filed in the Southern District of NY, which is also where Cohen's criminal case is being pursued.

In a tweet last month, Mr Trump wrote that the drawing was a "total con job".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

And now, she's diving further down the legal rabbit hole over a tweet by the USA president saying that she was she was playing a "con job" on the media.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in her Manhattan federal suit that she was exposed to "death threats and other threats of physical violence" and has had to hire bodyguards since Trump's April 18 tweet.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, says they are offering more than $100,000 for information leading to the man's identification.

Daniels is seeking upward of $75,000 in damages in this lawsuit.

Daniels is already suing Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen in a separate case in Los Angeles.

Daniels said the president knew his tweet was false or made it with reckless disregard for its truth, and falsely accused her of making up the assailant.

She told CBS News' 60 minutes programme that following the end of the relationship, a man approached her and her daughter in a Las Vegas auto park and told her to "forget the story, leave Donald Trump alone". "It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom".

Trump has about 51.4 million Twitter followers. On Friday, federal Judge James Otero granted a 90-day delay in that lawsuit - but also warned that Cohen likely faces a criminal indictment. Cohen has admitted to paying Clifford $130,000 for her silence just days before the 2016 election.

Zervos had accused Trump of kissing her against her will and groping her at a meeting about a possible job, and that he defamed her by calling such allegations lies.

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.

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