Stormy Daniels' interview on 60 Minutes didn't provide many new revelations, but it still managed to anger Donald Trump's lawyer. And as a result, she's updated her lawsuit against the president to reflect the additional threats she's receiving.
According to Deadline (opens in new tab), Daniels was served with a cease-and-desist letter after her interview aired, claiming that she made "false and defamatory statements" on air. Michael Cohen—Trump's attorney who paid Daniels approximately $130,000 in hush money (opens in new tab), just 11 days before the 2016 election (opens in new tab)—had his own attorney serve Daniels with the cease-and-desist letter.
Last night, Daniels told Anderson Cooper (opens in new tab) that she's revised her own lawsuit, so as to sue Cohen for defamation, for his continued claims that her stories about Trump aren't true. Daniels' amended lawsuit reads (via TIME (opens in new tab)):
"Both on its face, and because of the facts and circumstances known to persons who read or heard the statement, it was reasonably understood Mr. Cohen meant to convey that Ms. Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted, and that her claims about her relationship with Mr. Trump is "something [that] isn’t true." Mr. Cohen’s statement exposed Mr. Clifford to hatred, contempt, ridicule, and shame, and discouraged others from associating or dealing with her."
According to The Hill (opens in new tab), Daniels' key point in her updated lawsuit "specifically points to a statement Cohen made last month: 'Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage.'"
Daniels isn't backing down, and her updated lawsuit proves that she refuses to be intimidated by Cohen or his attorney.
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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