According to Bloomberg, President Trump’s legal team filed paperwork on Friday to move the lawsuit filed against him by adult film star Stormy Daniels to federal court.
The motion to transfer the lawsuit from California state court to a federal court in Los Angeles was made by Essential Consultants LLC, the company set up by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Stephanie Clifford signed a nondisclosure agreement with the entity in 2016. As part of the agreement, the adult actress was paid $130,000 reportedly to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
The documents also state that Clifford could face up to $20 million in damages if she violates the nondisclosure agreement. The actress could face 7-years in jail, in case she is not being able to pay the damages.
Trump’s lawyer claims in the documents filed Friday that Clifford violated the agreement 20 times, The Washington Post reported.
The documents also revealed that Trump is being represented in the Clifford case by Charles Harder, whose firm has offices New York and Los Angeles.
Harder, who has worked as an attorney for Trump and first lady Melania Trump, previously served as the lead attorney for Hulk Hogan when the former wrestler won a $140 million judgement against Gawker over a leaked sex tape, forcing it into bankruptcy. Hogan and Gawker later reached a $31 million cash settlement.
The actress is suing Trump to void the nondisclosure agreement, claiming that it’s invalid because he didn’t sign the document.
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