Former Trump aide Max Miller filed a lawsuit in opposition to his ex-girlfriend and former White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham for defamation over accusations that he abused her throughout their relationship.
Miller, who’s operating for Congress in northeast Ohio, additionally requested a Cleveland choose to order Grisham to cease discussing the alleged abuse. Grisham first made the claims in a Washington Publish op-ed, which was revealed on Tuesday, and didn’t identify Miller.
Larry Zukerman, Miller’s lawyer, filed the lawsuit within the Cuyahoga County Widespread Pleas Court docket hours after the piece went on-line and requested the choose to forestall Grisham from discussing the claims throughout CNN tv interviews later within the day.
Within the 13-page grievance, he stated that Grisham made “libelous and defamatory statements” concerning Miller’s alleged abuse. Zukerman informed Newsweek that she made “false allegations in opposition to him in retaliation for him breaking her coronary heart by ending their relationship and subsequently turning into engaged to Emily Moreno.”
Miller’s lawyer additionally claimed that Grisham has no proof of misconduct and had solely made the allegations to promote extra copies of her tell-all memoir, I will Take Your Questions Now: What I Noticed At The Trump White Home, which was additionally launched Tuesday.
Grisham’s abuse allegations are included in her e-book however Miller shouldn’t be named.
She appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper within the afternoon and informed the host she did not identify Miller on objective as a result of she’d moved on. She additionally informed Tapper that whereas relationship him there was “abuse in each approach there.”
“If there’s something I can take away, I am virtually stronger than ever now, and nobody is ever going to abuse me once more in any approach, form or kind,” Grisham stated in the course of the interview.
Within the op-ed, Grisham wrote that she informed then-President Donald Trump and then-First Woman Melania Trump that her ex, a White Home staffer, “had grow to be violent” however each “appeared completely unfazed about whether or not there was an abuser—one other abuser—of their office.”
Allegations of Miller’s abuse first circulated in July when Politico reported that he allegedly pushed Grisham in opposition to a wall in his Washington condominium and slapped her within the face final 12 months after she accused him of infidelity, in accordance with three individuals conversant in the incident. On the time, Grisham declined to remark and Zukerman responded that it by no means, ever occurred.
Miller is in search of punitive damages from Grisham as a part of the defamation swimsuit and requested a preliminary injunction and restraining order to maintain her from repeating the claims.
The request for an emergency restraining order was in the end denied by Choose Emily Hagan later within the day. A listening to is about for October 13.
Grisham labored as the previous first girl’s press secretary earlier than taking over the identical position within the White Home from July 2019 to April 2020. She’s the one White Home press secretary in historical past to by no means maintain a press convention whereas within the place.
She expressed regret for her time working beneath the Trump administration in a New York journal profile, additionally revealed Tuesday, and stated that she believes she was “a part of one thing unusually evil.”
Trump endorsed Miller and known as him a “nice man” throughout a June rally in Ohio. The previous aide was difficult present GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one in all 10 Republican Congressman who voted to question Trump over the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot, however Gonzalez introduced final month he is not in search of re-election.
Talking of the endorsement to Tapper, Grisham stated it felt like a “intestine punch” after she informed the previous president of the alleged abuse.
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