Los Angeles federal court hearings are scheduled Monday in two civil cases pitting former adult-film actress and tell-all author Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump.
First, a scheduling conference is set in Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump, his ex-attorney Michael Cohen and a shell company Cohen created. Daniels, whose just-published book “Full Disclosure” details her alleged affair with Trump more than a decade ago, is seeking to nullify a non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 presidential election.
The agreement attempted to prevent her from speaking out about the one-night stand she alleges she had with Trump. Her book goes into graphic detail about Daniels’ alleged memories of that night.
Trump’s attorney said earlier this month that he does not believe the hush-money contract is valid. In addition, Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants — set up to handle a $130,000 payment to Daniels in exchange for her signing the agreement — scrapped a threatened $20 million lawsuit against Daniels for speaking out about the alleged affair.
The second lawsuit — which was moved from New York to Los Angeles last month — accuses Trump of falsely tweeting that Daniels lied about being threatened in 2011 not to go public with the story of their alleged relationship. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero is expected to hear the defense argument to dismiss the complaint.
Otero has postponed the start of the non-disclosure agreement lawsuit twice. In April, the judge ordered a three-month stay in light of a federal criminal investigation of Cohen that is continuing in the Southern District of New York. With that investigation ongoing, Otero agreed in July to extend the stay for another 45 days.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex once with the married Trump in 2006 and carried on a platonic relationship with him for about a year afterward. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.