A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected the request by pornstar Stormy Daniels to restart her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.
The case is Clifford v Trump et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-02217.
In an order dated Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Otero said that the amount of media attention surrounding the case was not a good enough reason to reconsider the 90-day stay he had imposed in April.
Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement under which Cohen reportedly paid the pornstar $130,000 not to discuss her alleged relationship with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007.
“While it is undeniable that plaintiff has a valid interest in the prompt resolution of her claims, plaintiff has not established that she has actually been deterred from speaking,” Otero wrote.
In granting the stay, U.S. District Judge James Otero cited the potential overlap between Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit and a separate criminal investigation that is continuing by federal prosecutors in Manhattan could result in Michael Cohen’s indictment.
Trump has denied having sex with Daniels, whose lawsuit also includes a defamation claim against Cohen.
The pornstar’s lawyer Michael Avenatti said in an email on Wednesday: “The ruling is not unexpected. We intend on appealing to the Ninth Circuit [Court of Appeals] as we need to proceed with this case as quickly as possible.”
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