Trump lawyer claims up to $20M in damages against porn star
Michael Cohen accuses Stormy Daniels of violating non-disclosure act
U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, wants a lawsuit brought by porn actress Stormy Daniels moved to federal court, and claims the woman could owe $20 million US in damages for violating a non-disclosure agreement.
The Friday court filing seeks to move Daniels' case from a state-level court to federal court in Los Angeles.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has been seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election in order to discuss a purported relationship between her and Trump, which she said began in 2006 and continued for about a year.
She has offered to return the $130,000 she was paid.
The filing accuses Clifford of violating the agreement more than 20 times.
A separate filing said Trump would join a request to have the case heard by an arbitrator.
Clifford's lawyer said it's an attempt to have the matter decided in private arbitration, "thus hiding the truth from the public."