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So Donald Trump has taken out a restraining order against Stormy Daniels

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President Donald Trump has obtained a restraining order against the adult film star Stormy Daniels in a bid to prevent her from speaking publicly about their alleged affair.

Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, had allegedly been getting ready to speak publicly about Trump in recent weeks. However, it has now emerged that Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D Cohen, secretly obtained a temporary restraining order to stop her disclosing information about their alleged relationship.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed on Thursday 8 March that a restraining order had been issued by an arbitrator in California, barring Clifford from sharing “confidential information” about her alleged affair with the president.

“This case has already been won in arbitration and anything beyond that, I would refer you to the president’s outside counsel,” Huckabee Sanders said, according to the BBC.

Clifford claims that she had a consensual sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife Melania gave birth to their first and only child, Barron. Cohen admitted in February that he paid Clifford $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election, in exchange for her signing a “hush agreement” in which she promised to deny the alleged affair.

However, Clifford recently filed a civil lawsuit against Trump, alleging that the non-disclosure agreement was “legally null and void and of no consequence” because Trump did not sign it himself.

Lawrence S Rosen, a lawyer representing Cohen, told the New York Times that Clifford had been barred from filing her lawsuit and making other disclosures of confidential information. However, Michael Avenatti, Clifford’s lawyer, said that he does not consider the restraining order valid.

He added that he has advised Clifford to proceed with her lawsuit in open court. When asked if Clifford would drop her court case if Cohen paid her more money, Avenatti said she would not.

“At this point, we are well beyond that — this is a search for the truth,” he said.

Rumours about Clifford’s relationship with Trump had been floating around for years, but reached a fever pitch in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had paid her “hush money” out of his own pocket.

Since then, Trump’s entourage have gone to work to deny the affair and discredit her claims by any means possible. They began with the jokes: during a CNN interview, Republican strategist Kevin Madden commented that “the fact that we’re even having this conversation should probably register on the Richter scale, that we’re discussing a sitting president being sued by a porn star.”

Stephen Moore, senior economic adviser on Trump’s campaign, quipped: “Kevin, are you saying that a porn star would actually try to draw attention to herself? Shocking!”

Clearly inspired by the fact that Trump tried to discredit the 17 women who accused him of sexual assault by insisting they were after fame, Moore added: “Look, I don’t have any idea what went on, my only point is that are we really, I mean, a porn star?”

Left-wing talk show hosts have taken a different tack, using the alleged affair as a way of poking fun at Trump.

“I know we’re getting numb to the Trump presidency,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday night. “It’s a natural defence mechanism. But let those words sink in for a second. A porn star. Is suing the president.”

He added: “Miss Daniels received $130,000 right before the election to keep their affair a secret. I don’t know why. If I were her, I’d keep that secret for free.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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