President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer asked a federal judge 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.
Last month, Daniels sued Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, to be released from the non-disclosure agreement she signed in October 2016 in exchange for $130,000. The White House has denied that Trump had sex with Daniels. Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket.
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, said the matter should be settled in open court.
Avenatti said in a statement, “We will vigorously oppose the just-filed motion by Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen to have this case decided in a secret arbitration, in a private conference room, purposely hidden from the American public.”