A Scottish teacher convicted of forgery has been mentioned in the legal battle between porn star Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump.
Documents included in the adult actress’s defamation case against the billionaire cite a social media post from Shenna Fox- a die-hard Scottish Trump supporter.
The case centres on alleged threats made against Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who claims she was threatened by a man in a Las Vegas car park to drop her allegations of an affair with Mr Trump.
The actress says she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006 and she slept with him once.
Last month, Mr Trump retweeted a sketch of the man alleged to have made the threats, calling it “a total con job”, in response to a post made by freelance music teacher Shenna Fox which suggested the image actually resembled Daniels’ ex-husband.
It marked the first time Donald Trump publicly acknowledged Stormy Daniels’ affair claims and subsequent attempts to suppress them.
Shenna Fox, 49, has been billed as “fanatical” Trump fan and has previously spoken of performing music for the president at his Turnberry golf resort and striking up a friendship with his security chief Keith Schiller.
In 2017, she was ordered to complete 180 hours’ community service after being convicted of forging Lanark and Carluke Choral Union cheques as part of an attempt to cover the cost of the choir’s 2014 trip to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall to celebrate Martin Luther King Jnr day.
Court documents published this week claimed that Trump’s statement was “false and defamatory” and provoked death threats “causing her both emotional and economic damages”.
In a flurry of tweets, President Trump admitted that lawyer Michael Cohen had paid off Stormy Daniels during the campaign and that he was reimbursed.
Use of campaign funds would be a violation of federal law.
Earlier, his legal aide Rudy Giuliani had said the money was Mr Trump’s personal cash.
Speaking on Fox TV last week, Mr Trump suggested some knowledge of the matter in admitting Mr Cohen had represented him during the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal”, but he did not go into specifics.
The defamation action is the latest legal move from Daniels, who is already suing to be released from a non-disclosure deal she agreed to days before the 2016 election in exchange for $130,000.
The original tweet showed a side-by-side comparison of the pencil sketch with a photo of Daniels’ husband Glendon Crain, with the caption - “Oops! This is awkward!”
The president retweeted the Scot and commented: “A sketch years later about a non-existent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
Defamation court documents claim that the Tweets resulted in death threats and other threats of physical violence, “causing her both emotional and economic damages”.
The new complaint said: “Mr Trump’s statement falsely attacks the veracity of Ms Clifford’s account of the threatening incident that took place in 2011.
“It also operates to accuse Ms Clifford of committing a crime under New York law, as well as the law of numerous other states, in that it effectively states that Ms Clifford falsely accused an individual of committing a crime against her when not such crime occurred.
“In making the statement, Mr Trump used his national and international audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms Clifford.
“Mr Trump knew that his false, disparaging statement would be read by people around the world, as well as widely reported, and that Ms Clifford would be subjected to threats of violence, economic harm and reputational damage as a result.”
Daniels is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages in excess of $75,000.
Her attorney Michael Avenatti said: “We intend on teaching Mr Trump that you cannot simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences.”