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    The US President has asked a federal judge to order private arbitration in a lawsuit brought against him by a former adult film star who claimed she had an affair with Trump.

    On April 2, Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen filed papers in a Los Angeles federal court, asking to use arbitration instead of a jury to settle the row over the hush agreement, signed by Stephanie Clifford, known under her stage name Stormy Daniels. 

    READ MORE: Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Promises More Details to Come of Alleged Trump Affair

    According to Cohen’s lawyer, Brent Blakely, the agreement stipulated that any disputes over it be settled through arbitration.

    Federal law "dictates that this motion be granted, and that Clifford be compelled to arbitration, as she knowingly and voluntarily agreed to do," Blakely stated.

    Meanwhile, Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, insisted that the matter should be settled in open court.

    Last month, Daniels sued Cohen in a bid to break the non-disclosure agreement, she had signed prior to the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007 in exchange for $130,000. The porn star has argued that the agreement is invalid because it was signed by Cohen, not Trump. Both the President and the White House have consistently denied the allegations.


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