Stormy Daniels Says Trump, Cohen Lawsuit Should Move Forward
(Bloomberg) -- Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actress better known as Stormy Daniels, said her lawsuit against Donald Trump and his now former lawyer Michael Cohen should move forward since Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.
Cohen doesn’t have to worry about incriminating himself if he were to testify in the civil lawsuit, which was the reason the case was put on hold, Clifford said in a status report filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court. In any case, he won’t be asked to testify until after his sentencing in December, Clifford said.
"Nothing should prevent the parties from engaging in all other litigation activities to move this case along, including the deposition of Mr. Trump, who does not assert Fifth Amendment rights and indeed insists he committed no crime," Clifford said.
Cohen maintains the lawsuit should remain on hold until after he’s sentenced. He cited case law that supports maintaining a stay until sentencing because any statements made by a defendant in a civil case can by used against him by the government at a sentencing hearing in a criminal case.
Clifford sued Trump and Cohen to get out of a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from discussing a sexual tryst she allegedly had with Trump. Cohen admitted he made the $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election at the behest of Trump.
Clifford said in the filing that she had "limited informal discussions" with Cohen regarding the possibility of a settlement. No such discussions have occurred with Trump, she said.
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