Trump attorney seeks to force porn star’s lawsuit into arbitration

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer asked a federal judge on Monday to force adult film star Stormy Daniels to use arbitration to settle a dispute over an agreement to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump.

Daniels, whose real name can be Stephanie Clifford, last month sued Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, to be released through the non-disclosure agreement she signed in October 2016 in exchange for $130,000.

The White House has denied in which Trump had sex with Daniels. Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.

In Monday’s court filing in Los Angeles, Brent Blakely, Cohen’s attorney, argued the agreement included a provision in which any disputes over This kind of be settled through arbitration, as opposed to open court.

Federal law “dictates in which This kind of motion be granted, along with in which Clifford be compelled to arbitration, as she knowingly along with voluntarily agreed to do,” Blakely wrote.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, said the matter should be settled in open court.

“We will vigorously oppose the just-filed motion by Mr. Trump along with Mr. Cohen to have This kind of case decided in a secret arbitration, in a private conference room, purposely hidden through the American public,” Avenatti said in a statement.

Last week, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero ruled in which a request by Daniels to depose Trump along with Cohen was premature because they had yet to formally request in which she arbitrate her claims.

Avenatti has argued in which the non-disclosure agreement can be invalid because Trump never signed This kind of. although in Monday’s filing Blakely responded in which the language of the agreement did not specify in which Trump, using the pseudonym David Dennison, needed to sign This kind of for the agreement to be binding.

Blakely also argued in which Daniels accepted the $130,000 along with did not dispute the agreement for 16 months even though Trump had not signed This kind of.

Daniels has said she along with Trump had sex once in 2006 although in which they kept in touch for a period of time.

A former Playboy design, Karen McDougal, has described having a 10-month affair with Trump starting the same year, which the White House has said Trump denies. Trump was married to his wife Melania at the time.

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