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Porn star suing Trump lawyer for defamation

The adult film star who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump is suing the President's lawyer for defamation.

Stormy Daniels filed the claim after Michael Cohen questioned her story about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr Trump in July 2006, which she revealed details of during a TV interview broadcast on Sunday night.

The 39-year-old – real name Stephanie Clifford – told CBS News' 60 Minutes programme she had unprotected sex with Mr Trump after he invited her to his hotel room, then pulled his trousers down.

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She is seeking to be released from a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 presidential election to stay quiet about the alleged affair, with Mr Cohen having admitted to paying for it.

He has said that neither Mr Trump nor any of his organisations were part of the transaction and expressed doubt over Ms Daniels' story following the CBS broadcast, demanding that she "cease and desist".

In court documents filed in Los Angeles on Monday, Ms Daniels' attorney said: "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.'"

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Image:Mr Trump has denied that the affair took place

Ms Daniels implied during the CBS interview that Mr Cohen was behind a threat of harm if she did not "leave Trump alone", having agreed to sell her story to a sister publication of In Touch magazine for $15,000 (£12,000) in 2011.

In a letter released after the interview, Mr Cohen's lawyer Brent Blakely said: "Mr. Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred."

Mr Trump, who arrived back at the White House shortly before the interview aired, has denied that the affair – which allegedly happened shortly after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron – took place.

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A White House spokesman said on Monday: "The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims, and the only person who's been inconsistent is the one making the claims."

Ms Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti has said he is holding back further details of the alleged affair, including the contents of a data disc he tweeted a picture of last week, for strategic reasons.

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