LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ A federal judge issued a gag order on both sides of Paula Corbin Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright made the ruling Thursday, saying the publicity surrounding the case was eroding the chances for both Clinton and Mrs. Jones to get a fair trial.

The order also applies to Clinton's co-defendant, Danny Ferguson, as well as attorneys and potential witnesses. Court papers also are to be filed under seal, the judge said.

In a separate order Thursday, Wright said Clinton's motion to halt depositions aimed at his sex life had been resolved, although she did not say how. Mrs. Jones' lawyers have issued several subpoenas seeking to question potential witnesses about Clinton's sex life.

Mrs. Jones alleges in her $700,000 lawsuit that Clinton summoned her to a Little Rock hotel room in May 1991, exposed himself and asked for oral sex. Clinton was governor of Arkansas at the time, and Mrs. Jones was a state employee.

Clinton denies the allegation.