World News

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump almost $300,000

Judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump almost $300,000

"The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys' fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President created to chill his free speech rights", Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement.

Avenatti argued that Trump's tweet, posted April 18, "attacks the veracity of her account" of the incident and Trump's statement was "false and defamatory, and that the tweet was defamation ... because it charged her with committing a serious crime", Federal District Judge S. James Otero wrote in his opinion dismissing the lawsuit in October.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Stormy Daniels to pay President Donald Trump almost $300,000 in legal fees.

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

Daniels had claimed in the lawsuit that Trump defamed her when he suggested that she had lied about being threatened to keep quiet about their alleged past relationship.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was ordered to pay 75 percent of the president's legal fees in connection to the case, according to Trump lawyer Charles Harder.

More news: Yemen port, airport on peace talks agenda

The adult film star first came into the limelight after she publicly claimed that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

Harder praised the ruling as "a total victory for the president, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case".

"No one's going to be writing a check for one penny to Donald Trump or Michael Cohen", Avenatti said. She claimed that she was paid $130,000 in exchange for her silence and that she was physically intimidated to not speak about the alleged affair.

"The court agrees with Mr. Trump's argument because the tweet in question constitutes "rhetorical hyperbole" normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.", Otero said at the time.

"Charles Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest", Avenatti wrote in another tweet. When asked about Harder's price tag, Avenatti said, "It's ludicrous". 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. Trump's attorneys requested $340,000, but Otero on Tuesday said they were entitled to $292,052.33, finding that they had requested payment for more hours than they reasonably would have been expected to work.