Court Orders Trump To Pay $44,100 For Stormy Daniels' Legal Fees

Written by on August 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California courtroom ordered President Donald Trump this week to pay $44,100 in legal professional charges to porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay for her authorized battle over her effort to cancel a hush cash deal brokered to maintain her quiet about their sexual relationship a decade in the past.

The order in Superior Court docket in Los Angeles decided Daniels gained her lawsuit towards Trump over the settlement that was signed 11 days earlier than the 2016 presidential election. As part of that deal, the shedding occasion would pay the attorneys charges.

The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark concerning the choice.

The president’s private lawyer on the time, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to Daniels, who filed the go well with below her authorized identify Stephanie Clifford. After Trump’s election, Daniels sued to void the settlement.

Trump and his supporters denied the president knew concerning the fee for a number of years earlier than Trump acknowledged it on Twitter in Could 2018 and mentioned he reimbursed Cohen for the cash paid to Daniels.

Daniels’ go well with over the non-disclosure settlement was dismissed earlier than going to trial or a settlement as a result of the events had been not quiet. Trump’s attorneys mentioned Daniels didn’t win the case and due to this fact wasn’t entitled to lawyer charges, however Decide Robert Broadbelt III disagreed in his ruling Monday, posted on-line by Daniels’ attorneys.

Trump’s attorneys additionally argued Daniels didn’t show the president was part of the non-disclosure settlement which was made below the identify “ David Dennison,” however Broadbelt wrote there was a considerable amount of proof displaying Cohen selected Dennison as a pseudonym for Trump.

After her lawyer introduced the choice, Daniels wrote on Twitter: “Yup. One other win.”

However they haven’t all been wins for Daniels. She additionally sued Trump for defamation after the president’s feedback on Twitter {that a} man she mentioned threatened her to remain quiet about their alleged affair in 2011 was “nonexistent.” Trump additionally posted side-by-side photographs of the composite sketch of the person making the threats and Daniels’ husband.

The defamation lawsuit was thrown out and Daniels is interesting the choice and an order to pay Trump nearly $300,000 in legal professional charges.

A choose in that case dominated Trump’s statements on Twitter had been protected speech below the First Modification.

Since Trump’s election, Daniels has remained within the grownup leisure trade, utilizing her new fame to advertise strip membership appearances and reveals, together with her newest enterprise known as “Spooky Babes Paranormal Present” the place she mentioned she is main a group of investigators to hunt ghosts and get solutions for individuals right here on Earth. She additionally nonetheless takes photographs on the president on Twitter.

In the meantime, Cohen pleaded responsible to marketing campaign finance expenses and mendacity to Congress, amongst different crimes, and was sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2018.

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