Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $292,000 in Attorney Fees

Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $292,000 in Attorney Fees

On Tuesday, a US judge ordered adult film star Stormy Daniels to pay US President Donald Trump $293,000 in attorneys' fees over a rejected defamation lawsuit, according to a lawyer for the president.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, lost her defamation lawsuit in October, with a federal judge in Los Angeles saying the president's tweet was protected by the freedom of speech clause of the U.S. Constitution.

"The court's order, along with the court's prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels' defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case", he said in a statement.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney and a vocal critic of the president, has filed an appeal in the case.

The lawsuit stems from Daniels' claim that a goon threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 after she spoke to In Touch magazine about her alleged romp with Trump in Lake Tahoe five years before.

So far, the judge has not ruled on the merits of the nondisclosure case nor has he awarded any fees to either attorney. The president has denied her claim that they had an affair in 2006, however, two investigations appear to back her claim that she was paid through Trump's lawyer to stay silent during the 2016 presidential campaign. The award is dwarfed by the $1.5 million award to be issued in NDA case - the main case where Cohen and Trump have been lying to the court and the public.

Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNBC in a text message that, "Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest".

While Daniels must reimburse Trump for most of his legal fees, Otero wrote Tuesday that he did not award the president the full amount he was seeking because the hours charged by his attorneys were "excessive". Trump has denied the affair, but essentially acknowledged the payment to Daniels. "Leave Trump alone. Forget the story", the mystery man allegedly warned, before gesturing at her infant daughter, "That's a attractive little girl".

Daniels released a forensic sketch of the alleged "thug" in April on ABC's The View, soon after news of her "hush agreement" with Trump and his former fixer, Michael Cohen, swept the nation. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" "The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement", Otero wrote.

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