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President Donald Trump is suing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen for more than $500 million for allegedly breaching his attorney-client relationship, unjust enrichment, and more crimes.
The lawsuit states that Cohen breached his attorney-client relationship by “spreading falsehoods” about Trump that were “likely to be embarrassing or detrimental, and partook in other misconduct.”
Cohen also allegedly broke a confidentiality agreement that he signed as a condition of employment with Trump.
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A 30-page federal lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
“This is an action arising from [Cohen’s] multiple breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, conversion and breaches of contract by virtue of [Cohen’s] past service as [Trump’s] employee and attorney,” the lawsuit states.
Cohen has profited significantly by publishing two books, a podcast series, and many mainstream media appearances.
While collecting payments, Cohen ignored Trump’s “cease and desist” orders on the issue, which has led to the lawsuit.
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It claims Cohen has, in recent months, “increased the frequency and hostility of the illicit acts” and “appears to have become emboldened and repeatedly continues to make wrongful and false statements” about Trump through various platforms.
“Such continuous and escalating improper conduct by [Cohen] has reached a proverbial crescendo and has left [Trump] with no alternative but to seek legal redress through this action,” the lawsuit states, adding that Trump has “suffered vast reputational harm as a direct result of [Cohen’s] breaches.”
The lawsuit comes a week after the former president pleaded not guilty in Manhattan court to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in New York, related to alleged hush money payments made ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
A source close to Trump’s legal team says the complaint against Michael Cohen “has nothing to do with the Manhattan DA’s lawless and fact-less case and is a totally separate matter.”
Cohen, in 2018, pleaded guilty to arranging those hush money payments—among other federal charges— ahead of the 2016 presidential election to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, but maintains that Trump directed them.