“No person involved in this action has been more ubiquitous in the media than Michael Avenatti,” Otero wrote in his order, which Avenatti shared on Twitter. At the same time, Otero wrote, “it is far from clear that the publicity in this case would affect the outcome of a trial that may happen, if at all, months down the road.”
Avenatti cheered the ruling, saying it “denies their attempt to silence me and prevent me from commenting as to the truth.”
“So much winning from these two!” he tweeted, referring to Trump and Cohen.
Lawyers for Trump and Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit from Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, seeks to void the nondisclosure agreement she signed weeks before the 2016 election. Daniels argues the agreement is invalid because Trump never signed it.
Otero stayed the proceedings for 90 days on April 27, saying it seemed likely that Cohen would be indicted in a related criminal probe. The judge on Tuesday extended the stay an additional 45 days, short of the 90 days requested by Cohen’s attorneys.