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Trump lawyer claims up to $20 million in damages against porn star

Lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels earlier this month seeking to toss out the confidential settlement

Los Angeles: Donald Trump’s law firm, Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants limited liability company, which paid Daniels $130,000 under the agreement, claims porn actress Stormy Daniels is liable for at least $20 million for violating a nondisclosure agreement at least 20 times, according to a court filing.

“The Settlement Agreement provides for liquidated damages of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per instance of the breach,” the court filing says.

 Michael Avenatti filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels earlier this month seeking to toss out the confidential settlement. The suit alleged that Daniels began an “intimate relationship” with Trump in the summer of 2006 that continued well into 2007.

The White House has denied any sexual encounter between Trump and Daniels – who has offered to return the $130,000 she received so that she can be free to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her.”

She is also asking to be allowed to publish text messages, photos and videos relating to the president, Avenatti said in a letter to Cohen.

Using the pseudonyms Peggy Peterson and David Dennison, Daniels and Trump were to sign the agreement, along with Essential Consultants.

But Trump never signed, providing the basis for Avenatti’s attempt to have it thrown out and release Daniels from her obligations.

Avenatti took to  on Friday to criticize the court filing.

“The fact that a sitting president is pursuing over $20M in bogus ‘damages’ against a private citizen, who is only trying to tell the public what really happened, is remarkable. Likely unprecedented in our history. We are NOT going away and we will NOT be intimidated,” Avenatti wrote on the social media site.

The issue could hurt the president with religious voters, who were key to his electoral success, and appears to have already caused strains between the president and First Lady Melania Trump.

PTI

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