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Donald Trump has sued Michael Cohen, his ex-lawyer and key witness in the ‘hush money’ case brought against the former president by Manhattan prosecutors, seeking at least $500 million for alleged breaches of contract and confidentiality agreements.
The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida, comes weeks after Cohen testified before a grand jury in New York about the $130,000 he paid to buy porn star Stormy Daniels’ silence – who claimed to have had an affair with Trump – in the days before the 2016 election.
The recording of Trump’s alleged repayments to Cohen in 2017 is at the heart of the 34 felony charges brought against the former president by the Manhattan District Attorney last month.
Trump’s attorneys said Cohen breached his contract with his former client “through a myriad of public statements, including the publication of two books, a series of podcasts, and countless mainstream media appearances.”