Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump's lawyer put on hold for 90 days

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 28, 2018, 06.49 AM(IST)

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Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, now plans to file an appeal against the delay

California judge James Otero temporarily put on hold pornstar Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against US President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's for 90 days. 

The move comes after Cohen's house was raided by the FBI following which he argued that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination may be jeopardized if the proceedings weren't delayed.

The FBI procured records related to Daniels after raiding Cohen's hotel room, home and office earlier this month.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, now plans to file an appeal against the delay.

"While we certainly respect Judge Otero's 90-day stay order based on Mr Cohen's pleading of the 5th, we do not agree with it. We will likely be filing an immediate appeal to the Ninth Circuit early next week. Justice delayed is justice denied," Avenatti wrote on Twitter.

The lawsuit will now be heard on July 27.

Daniels emerges at the centre of a controversy that involves US President Donald Trump. She publicly claimed a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, however, Trump and his administration have repeatedly rubbished relations with the porn star.

Daniels also claimed Cohen orchestrated a payment to keep her quiet during the election. Daniels and Trump have been locked in a legal battle earlier this month. Daniels seeks to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she and Cohen had signed more than a decade ago. Daniels, in her lawsuit, asks whether the hush agreement was legal, and is looking at whether Trump consented to it. She maintains that the deal is not valid because the US President "never signed it himself".

(With inputs from agencies)