LOS ANGELES (AP) – Porn actress Stormy Daniels has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit that accused her former lawyer of colluding with President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen for denying her having an affair with Trump .
A court notice on Thursday indicated that Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – reached an agreement in principle with Cohen to resolve the complaints and a final agreement with his former lawyer, Keith Davidson.
Davidson said the deal is a “removal” and that no money will be exchanged.
The lawsuit accused him of being a “puppet” for Trump and of working secretly with Cohen to make Daniels appear on Fox News and falsely deny having sex with Trump. The interview never took place.
“The lawsuit was a fiction from day one, it should never have been filed, frankly,” said Davidson on Friday.
Messages left to lawyers representing Daniels and Cohen were not immediately returned on Friday.
The lawsuit was traced back to Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump, who sought to tear a silence agreement over their alleged 2006 report. The president denied the report, but Cohen admitted to the federal court that he had arranged the payment to put keep Daniels silent and help Trump win the presidency. He pleaded guilty to campaign violations.
Daniel said he signed a non-disclosure agreement on the deal in exchange for a $ 130,000 payment. He signed the agreement days before the 2016 elections. He wanted a Los Angeles court to declare the agreement illegal so he could speak without fear of a financial penalty.
But in March a federal judge launched his case against Trump, saying it was irrelevant after Trump and Cohen had both agreed not to penalize Daniels.
The lawsuits were filed while Daniels’ attorney was Michael Avenatti, who is currently facing federal charges in a case accusing him of stealing millions of dollars from customers, being fooled by taxes and having committed bank fraud.
Davidson said the deal to close Daniels’ case against him came quickly after Avenatti’s departure.
“I think it was a shame that it was never filed,” he said. “I think the only purpose of this case was to put Signor Avenatti’s face on TV.”
Avenatti replied Saturday: “E-mails and text messages show that Davidson has exhausted his client to help elect Trump.”
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