By By Robbyn M. YoungThe US President’s wife has filed a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife’s former employer, a law firm that specializes in helping victims of sexual assault.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday in Los Angeles federal court, alleges that Donald Trump and his former ex-girlfriend Kelli O’Donnell “lied to the public and to the court” by accusing her of sexually abusing Donald Trump in 2004, when she was a senior lawyer in his Manhattan office.
The couple’s divorce was finalized in 2014, and the lawsuit alleges that Kelli made “false statements to the press, and falsely implied that she had not consented to Donald’s sexual conduct with her.”
Donald Trump denied that Kella had consented, and said in a statement that she was not a “sexually aggressive person.”
Kelli O`Donnell did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Trump’s ex-partner and former business partner, billionaire real estate mogul Jared Kushner, is a partner in the firm.
The pair have been married for more than a decade, and they have had two sons together, Barron and Donald Jr.
Kelli’s attorney, Jonathan O’Brien, told Business Insider that the lawsuit was the result of a “miscommunication” between her and Kelli.
He said that while Kelli is not a lawyer, her legal practice is similar to that of her former law partner, Stephen Krasner, who has a reputation for being aggressive and controlling.
O’Brien said he expects the lawsuit to be settled.
“I think this is a very strong case that she is being vindicated,” he said.
Krasner has not responded to requests for comment.
The Trump administration has long argued that the couple did not consent to sex, and have repeatedly accused the O’Dolns of defaming Kelli and her husband.
The O’Ds filed a civil lawsuit against the O’s in 2014 alleging that Kellys conduct was sexual harassment and assault, and that they “misconstrued, misappropriated, and misappropriation of the plaintiff’s personal and professional property, including his personal and legal services, and his reputation as a lawyer.”
A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2016, but the couple appealed and a lower court upheld the ruling.
The filing on Monday is the first time Kelli has publicly taken aim at the Trump administration.