A federal judge in California has ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay President Donald Trump more than $292,000 in his attorneys’ fees and another $1,000 in sanctions in connection with her dismissed defamation suit against Trump.
Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder said that the fees that Daniels was ordered to pay amount to 75 percent of Trump’s legal fees in the case.
And Harder said the sanctions are for Daniels having filed a “meritless” defamation action against Trump, which related to a tweet the president wrote which all but called the actress a liar for having claimed she was menaced by a man seeking to keep her quiet about a sexual tryst with Trump.
“They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive,” Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said in an email after the ruling.
Daniels still has a case pending in Los Angeles to challenge the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Trump’s then lawyer Michael Cohen to prevent her from discussing the alleged affair. Trump and Cohen both have said they won’t enforce that agreement and that the case should be thrown out as moot.
“Stormy will never have to pay a dime” of the money awarded to Trump Tuesday, Avenatti said, “because they owe her over $1 million in attorneys’ fees and costs from the NDA case, especially in light of Cohen’s guilty plea.”