LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday tossed out pornography starlet Rainy Daniels’ lawsuit versus President Donald Trump that sought to tear up a hush-money settlement about their alleged affair.
U. S. District Court Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said the match was unimportant after Trump and his former individual legal representative agreed not to punish Daniels for breaching a nondisclosure agreement she signed in exchange for a $130,000 payment.
Attorney Michael Cohen admitted in federal court he arranged the payment to silence Daniels and assistance Trump win the presidency. He pleaded guilty to campaign offenses.
Trump has rejected the declared 2006 affair.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had wanted a court to state the agreement illegal so she could speak out without worry of financial charges if she breached it.
The shell business Cohen set up to handle the offer, Essential Consultants, had as soon as looked for to fight Daniels in arbitration for breaching the nondisclosure arrangement by speaking in public about the declared affair. Cohen had even threatened a $20 million claim versus her prior to vowing not to.
In looking for to dismiss the lawsuit, the president and Cohen effectively offered Daniels what she was initially seeking. They swore not to seek penalties for breaking the deal.
Daniels had combated dismissal of the case because she desired to record sworn testimony from the 2.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, made no mention of that wider objective in stating victory Thursday.
“The court discovered that Ms. Daniels got everything she asked for by method of the claim — she won,” Avenatti stated.
Avenatti had said he would seek legal charges in the case, but the judge stated that was no longer an concern for him to choose.
Otero sent the case back to Los Angeles Superior Court, where it was at first submitted. He said that move does not mean the lawsuits would continue there, but stated Daniels might be entitled to legal charges.
Last year, Otero bought Daniels to pay Trump $293,000 in attorney’s charges after dismissing a character assassination lawsuit she brought versus him.
Attorney Charles Harder, who represents Trump, said the ruling on top of the previous award of costs represents a “total victory” for the president.