Adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels, who has been in a legal battle with President Trump, has gotten hit with a second round of devastating news after a judge handed down his decision.
Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, have been battling Trump after Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit against the president, according to the Associated Press. She sued him after she claimed she had a one-night affair with Trump and Trump responded by accusing her of trying to con him.
Her defamation suit failed, and now Daniels has to pay the pricey attorney fees Trump rang up in defending himself, according to The Hill.
U.S. District Judge James Otero, who threw out the case, ordered Daniels to pay $293,052.33. Ouch.
It’s still less than the $390,000 in attorney fee reimbursements that Trump was seeking, though. Trump’s attorney Charles Harder requested that the judge make Daniels pay that full amount in order to deter a “repeat filer of frivolous defamation cases.”
Otero had indicated earlier that he probably wouldn’t make Daniels pay quite that much money.
Daniels is still fighting Trump in a separate case regarding a non-disclosure agreement about her alleged affair. Avenatti is counting on winning that case and says Trump will have to pay for more than Daniels in the end.
“Charles Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest. If Stormy has to pay $300k to Trump in the defamation case (which will never hold up on appeal) and Trump has to pay Stormy $1,500,000 in the NDA case (net $1,200,000 to Stormy), how is this a Trump win?” Avenatti wrote on Twitter.