Former President Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against former lawyer, Michael Cohen, alleging Cohen damaged Trump’s reputation by breach of ethics.
The lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida on Wednesday claimed the “Plaintiff has suffered vast reputational harm as a direct result of Defendant’s breaches.”
“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 said according to Fox News.
The lawsuit also notes how Cohen lavished extensive praise upon Trump before abruptly turning against him.
Referencing Cohen’s various media appearances, the lawsuit also notes how the former lawyer had ‘been admiring Donald Trump since  high school,’ adding the Defendant viewed Plaintiff as a “wonderful man” who would be “an amazing president.”
On page 4 of the lawsuit, it notes how Cohen said Trump was “‘smart,’ and ‘the greatest negotiator on the planet,’ and described his own role as the one ‘who protects the President and the family,’ and strongly stated that he ‘would take a bullet’ for Plaintiff.”
The suit adds that Cohen said, “he would ‘never walk away’ because Plaintiff’ deserve[d]’ Defendant’s ‘loyalty’ because ‘[o]ne man who wants to do so much good with so many detractors against him needs support.'”
It also notes that Cohen said he “never [saw] a situation where Mr. Trump has said something that’s not accurate,” describing him as an “an honorable guy.”
The lawsuit accused Cohen of “multiple breaches of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, conversion, and breaches of contract by virtue of Defendant’s past service as Plaintiff’s employee and attorney.”
“Defendant breached his fiduciary duties owed to Plaintiff by virtue of their attorney-client relationship by both revealing Plaintiff’s confidences, and spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff, likely to be embarrassing or detrimental, and partook in other misconduct in violation of New York Rules of Professional Conduct,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit adds:
Cohen “breached the contractual terms of the confidentiality agreement he signed as a condition of employment with Plaintiff by both revealing Plaintiff’s confidences, and spreading falsehoods about Plaintiff with malicious intent and to wholly self-serving ends,” adding Cohen’s “myriad public statements, including the publication of two books, a podcast series, and innumerable mainstream media appearances” as evidence of his attacks on Trump.
“Defendant has engaged in such wrongful conduct over a period of time and, despite being demanded in writing to cease and desist such unacceptable actions, has instead in recent months increased the frequency and hostility of the illicit acts toward Plaintiff,” the lawsuit said.
“Defendant appears to have become emboldened and repeatedly continues to make wrongful and false statements about Plaintiff through various platforms. Such continuous and escalating improper conduct by Defendant has reached a proverbial crescendo,” the lawsuit said.
A lengthy conversation between Cohen and Trump attorney Robert Costello from 2018 is cited in the suit, around the time Cohen was raided by the FBI.
The suit quoted Cohen as telling Costello, “I don’t have anything against Donald Trump.”
It also quoted Cohen telling Costello, “I want you guys to understand — I will do whatever the F I have to do. I will never spend a day in jail.”
With all that in mind, Cohen is considered a star witness in DA Bragg’s indictment against Trump, which accuses him of falsifying business records concerning alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.