(Reuters) – A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday dismissed a claim brought by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to end a hush-money agreement she had with U.S. President Donald Trump, court papers showed.
U. S. District Judge James Otero dismissed the claim since Trump and his previous legal representative Michael Cohen have agreed not to impose the nondisclosure contract against Daniels, court documents showed.
“The Court specifically discovered that Stormy got whatever she asked for in the lawsuit – she won,” stated Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, in a Twitter post.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, submitted a suit in March 2018 to rescind a nondisclosure agreement that kept her from going over her alleged 2006 sexual relationship with Trump in the final weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.
Cohen has said the agreement, under which Daniels was paid $130,000, was struck to assistance Trump capture the White House.
In his ruling, Otero sent the claim back to California Superior Court, essentially ending the case. He stated the case “lacks subject matter jurisdiction.”
The nondisclosure agreement did not prevent Daniels from speaking to news media, including CBS’ “60 Minutes,” or launching a memoir, “Full Disclosure.”
“More than a year ago when I was being threatened with a 20 million suit, I asked a judge to toss out this prohibited NDA. Thankful I stood my ground & kept battling,” Daniels tweeted after the judgment was made public.
In October, Otero dismissed Daniels’s libel lawsuit versus Trump and purchased her to pay his attorney’s fees. He stated in that ruling that a tweet the president had actually written referring to her was safeguarded by free-speech laws.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Scott Malone, Peter Cooney and Richard Chang