President Donald Trump is moving his fight to keep Stormy Daniels silent about their alleged affair to federal court — and she’s now threatened with $20 million in damages if she doesn’t keep her mouth shut.
The lawsuit that Daniels filed last week in California state court was moved to federal court in Los Angeles by Essential Consultants LLC, the entity with which she signed a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement in 2016. Daniels’s real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Trump will be supporting the transfer of the case between courts, according to Essential Consultants’ filing on Friday. She faces as much as $20 million in damages for breaching the agreement, according to Friday’s filing. Essential Consultants said it will file a request at the earliest opportunity to force Daniels to arbitrate the case privately rather than to litigate it in open court.
Cohen’s attorneys in Stormy Daniels dispute says that Daniels violated confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, entitling Trump to at least $20 million in liquidated damages (a provision which is likely unenforceable under CA law, assuming it applies) https://t.co/r5UM66CYvh
— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) March 17, 2018
— Alison Frankel (@AlisonFrankel) March 17, 2018
Peter Thiel's legal tool Charles Harder representing Trump against Stormy Daniels makes me think that ***maybe*** the Gawker trial wasn't Thiel standing up for privacy & human decency after all.
MAYBE it was just a rich guy trying to silence somebody he didn't like!
— Travis Nichols (@travisjnichols) March 16, 2018
Not only is Charles Harder joining Trump's battle against Stormy Daniels, but POTUS is seeking at least $20 million in damages. pic.twitter.com/xIZWJaD0yx
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) March 16, 2018