Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ NDA lawsuit

Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ NDA lawsuit

Stormy Daniels appears on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in January 2018. (Courtesy: ABC)

WASHINGTON — A U.S. District judge in Los Angeles dismissed a lawsuit filed by adult film star Stormy Daniels aimed at rescinding a non-disclosure agreement barring her from discussing her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

In court filings, Judge James Otero said the suit was essentially moot since Trump and his former attorney, Michael Cohen, have both indicated that they will not take legal action now that Daniels has violated the order.

In a tweet, Daniels said she was glad that she had initially filed the suit, pointing out that attorneys for Trump had previously threatened to sue her for $20 million.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, also claimed the ruling was favorable to his client.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, but the hush-money payments have presented an ongoing legal issue for Trump.

Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election, claiming that they were made to influence the race.

Last December, he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations springing from the payment to Daniels and a separate scheme to buy a former Playboy model’s silence.

Both Cohen and prosecutors in the Southern District of New York claim that Trump directed the payments.

Last October a federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit Daniels had filed against Trump, for calling her a liar. Two months later the same judge ordered her to pay Trump $293,000 for his legal fees.

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