Defamation lawsuits can be very hard to win.
But for someone like former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was sued in 2013 for defamation, the stakes are even higher.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, alleges that Manafort made false statements about him to a journalist and a reporter for The Associated Press.
Manafort has denied the allegations, but the suit alleges that he made false comments about the AP to his longtime business partner, Rick Gates, who is also Manafort’s lawyer.
Manafort is seeking $100 million in damages and $25 million in punitive damages.
The Associated Statesman’s Matt Zoller Seitz contributed reporting.