Stormy Daniels case gets new judge after lawyer complains
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star suing to dissolve a nondisclosure agreement aimed at keeping her quiet about an alleged fair with President Trump, will get a new judge on the case after her attorney filed a complaint.
A lawyer for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, argued in a court document filed earlier this month that his client could not get a fair trial from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Feffer, saying she was seeking a federal judgeship.
Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the case has been moved to the docket of Judge Howard Halm, who set a hearing date for July 12 at the Los Angeles court, documents show. Halm, like Feffer, was appointed by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).
Clifford filed her lawsuit March 6 to scrap the nondisclosure agreement keeping her from sharing details of the alleged affair with Trump, which she has previously said took place in 2006. She has claimed the deal is void because he never signed the document.
Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly paid the actress $130,000 in “hush money” just one month before the 2016 election, a maneuver that legal experts say could have also violated federal campaign law.
Clifford’s attorney said earlier this week that Trump missed a deadline to accept her offer to repay the money in exchange for dropping the lawsuit and being able to speak freely about her relationship with Trump in 2006, a year after he married first lady Melania Trump.