President Donald Trump’s lawyers have made it clear to a court that they are still waiting for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star, to pay his legal fees.
A federal judge last year said Daniels must pay Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys’ fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had alleged she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement days before the 2016 presidential election.
She sued the president after he dismissed her claims of being threatened to keep quiet about the affair.
Daniels accused Trump of defamation for characterizing her as a “total con job” when she made claims of a presidential affair.
Judge S. James Otero, from the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, ruled that the language Trump used in his tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole” and therefore protected under the First Amendment.
Otero said the nation’s political discourse would be harmed if “any strongly worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute an action for defamation.”
Charles Harder, Trump’s attorney at the time, praised the ruling along with an earlier one dismissing Daniels’s defamation case, as a “total victory for the president, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case.”
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’s attorney at the time, said that Daniels planned to appeal and would likely never have to pay a dime.
But the president isn’t letting Daniels get away so easily. Trump’s lawyers said in a Wednesday filing that Clifford still owes him $293,052.
Daniels alleged she had a one-night affair and sued Trump in 2018 seeking to break a non-disclosure agreement. The president has always denied the affair, but essentially acknowledged the $130,000 payment to Daniels.
The former adult actress sued Trump for defamation after he responded to her allegation by tweeting: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
“This action is virtually unprecedented in American legal history,” Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, wrote in court papers.
Daniels “not only brought a meritless claim for defamation against the sitting president of the United States, but she also has engaged, along with her attorney, in massive national publicity.”
Written by Rich Stevenson
Credit: Daily Mail