Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels replies to questions by reporters during a news conference in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday, July 27,2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Judge rejects gag order request in Stormy Daniels' case

July 31, 2018 - 2:54 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge will not prohibit porn actress Stormy Daniels's lawyer from discussing her lawsuit against President Donald Trump with reporters and the public.

An order handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero also extended a delay in the case for another 45 days.

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer, had requested the gag order and alleged Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, had been running a "smear campaign" against him.

Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump denies. She's suing to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.

The judge said he agreed to continue delaying the case because of an ongoing federal investigation into Cohen's business practices in New York.

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