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New York's top court Thursday declined to hear Ivana Trump's appeal seeking to lift a gag order that keeps her from talking about her marriage to Donald Trump.

The decision by the Court of Appeals lets stand a lower court ruling upholding the confidentiality clause she signed at the time of the couple's March 22 divorce.In July, The Donald sued Ivana for $25 million, saying she failed to keep mum about his affairs by writing the novel, "For Love Alone." He said it was a thinly veiled account of their 14-year marriage.

"The book is a novel, it is not about Mr. Trump," said Floyd Abrams, a lawyer for Ivana Trump.

Abrams said had the state's high court lifted the gag order, Trump would have had a hard time pursuing his lawsuit, which has yet to go to trial.