A US federal judge has dismissed porn actress Stormy Daniels‘ lawsuit seeking to annul a hush money agreement she had with President Donald Trump.
The agreement prevented her from discussing an alleged 2006 fling with Mr Trump – but Mr Trump had already agreed not to enforce it.
Mr Trump has denied having an affair with Ms Daniels.
His former lawyer Michael Cohen has said the $130,000 (£100,000) payment was made to help Mr Trump get elected.
Last month Mr Cohen told Congress that Mr Trump had reimbursed him for the payment “as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws”.
Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing.
The decision in favour of Mr Trump by Los Angeles Federal Judge James Otero follows the failure of Ms Daniels’ defamation case against Mr Trump last year – a case over which Judge Otero also presided.
She had sued the US president after he mocked her claim that a stranger had threatened her to keep quiet.
Ms Daniels said the latest ruling amounted to the end of the non-disclosure agreement.
“More than a year ago when I was being threatened with a 20 million lawsuit, I asked a judge to toss out this illegal NDA. Glad I stood my ground and kept fighting,” she said on Twitter.
Her lawyer Michael Avenatti also insisted the result was a win for his client.
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to end a hush-money agreement she had with US President Donald Trump, court papers showed. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in March 2018 to rescind a nondisclosure agreement that kept her from discussing her alleged 2006 sexual relationship with Trump in the final weeks before the 2016 US presidential election. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has said the agreement, under which Daniels was paid $130,000, was struck to help Trump capture the White House. US District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles dismissed the lawsuit because Trump and Cohen have agreed not to enforce the nondisclosure agreement against Daniels, court documents showed. “More than a year ago when I was being threatened with a 20 million lawsuit, I asked a judge to toss out this illegal NDA. Glad I stood my ground & kept fighting,” Daniels tweeted after the ruling was made public. The nondisclosure agreement did not prevent Daniels from speaking to news media, including CBS’ “60 Minutes,” or releasing a memoir, “Full Disclosure.”