The Latest: Porn star’s suit vs. Trump could be tossed out

January 23, 2019 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s effort to toss out a lawsuit by porn actress Stormy Daniels over a hush-money agreement to keep mum about their alleged affair (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

A federal judge appeared inclined to toss out a lawsuit against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels that seeks to tear up a hush-money settlement about their alleged affair.

Judge S. James Otero did not rule Tuesday, but he seemed to conclude the lawsuit was irrelevant after Trump and his former personal lawyer agreed to rescind the nondisclosure agreement.

Trump and attorney Michael Cohen also vowed not to penalize Daniels for speaking publicly about the affair Trump denies.

The judge says Daniels had received what she sought in the lawsuit.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, vigorously fought to keep the case alive because he wants to take sworn depositions from the president and Cohen.

Outside court, though, Avenatti declared the hearing a victory for Daniels.


1:36 p.m.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump want a federal judge to toss a lawsuit by porn actress Stormy Daniels over a hush money agreement she signed not to discuss an alleged affair with Trump.

Trump’s attorneys are in a Los Angeles court Tuesday to argue that Daniels’ lawsuit challenging a nondisclosure agreement is no longer relevant.

Trump and a company formed by his former personal lawyer say they won’t punish Daniels for breaking the $130,000 agreement.

Trump has denied the affair Daniels says occurred in 2006.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, wants a court to declare the agreement was illegal and prevent her from returning the money.

A company set up by Michael Cohen has dropped its threatened $20 million lawsuit against Daniels for allegedly violating the deal.