Stormy Daniels is now suing Donald Trump for defamation

The adult film actress Stormy Daniels on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing US President Donald Trump of defamation for a tweet suggesting she made up an incident where she said she was warned not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

In an escalating legal fight against Trump, Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti filed the complaint in federal court in NY on Monday.

Now, Daniels and her lawyer say Trump's claim that the man in the sketch is "nonexistent" qualifies as defamation.

Daniels says by sending the tweet, "Mr. Trump used his national and global audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford".

The White House has steadfastly denied the affair.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, detailed her account of their affair on 60 Minutes last month.

Daniels and Avenatti unveiled a forensic drawing of the alleged threat-maker on The View.

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According to Monday's court filing, Daniels has been "exposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence, causing her both emotional and economic damages". Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said Monday: "We intend on teaching Mr. Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences". The president writes "total con job" and says this man does not exist.

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 vehicle park and told her to "forget the story, leave Donald Trump alone".

Daniels is also suing Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, who has admitted paying Daniels but says he never told the president about it. The judge in the case issued a 90-day stay on Friday, citing a separate investigation following Cohen having his office raided by the FBI earlier this month.

"We intend on teaching Mr. Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences". The payment was made by the president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

On Friday, a federal judge in Los Angeles put Daniels' lawsuit against Trump and Cohen on hold for 90 days, due to a pending criminal investigation of Cohen in NY. Cohen has indicated he would assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the Daniels' case.

Trump is also being sued by a woman named Summer Zervos, who alleged he kissed her forcibly in 2007.

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