March 23, 2022
Stormy Daniels has been ordered to pay former President Donald Trump nearly $300,000 in lawyer fees after losing her legal appeals in a case case involving Trump that rocketed the adult film star into the mainstream.
The National Pulse reported that the current fiasco stems from a 2018 lawsuit that alleged that prior to becoming the president, then-candidate Trump’s previous lawyer — Michael Cohen — issued a payment of $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for her silence over an alleged tryst between Daniels and Trump that is said to have occurred a decade before he sought the presidency.
The liberal-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision to dismiss Daniels’ appeal on Monday.
The Washington Times noted that prior to this dismissal, in 2018, a U.S. District judge dismissed the former porn star’s defamation suit against the then-president of the United States and ordered her to pay Trump’s legal fees.
Celebrating the recent ruling, Trump issued a statement on Monday that said, “The 9th Circuit just issued a final ruling in the Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) frivolous lawsuit case against me brought by her disgraced lawyer, Michael Avenatti, upholding the lower court ruling that she owes me nearly $300,000 in attorney fees, costs, and sanctions (not including appeal costs).”
“As I have stated many times throughout the years, I never had an affair with Stormy Daniels, nor would I ever have wanted to,” Trump continued. “The ruling was a total and complete victory and vindication for, and of me.”
“The lawsuit was a purely political stunt that never should have been started, or allowed to happen, and I am pleased that my lawyers were able to bring it to a successful conclusion after the court fully rejected her appeal. Now all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me.”
Daniels, however, remains adamant that she will not pay Trump’s legal fees.
I will go to jail before I pay a penny
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 22, 2022
Daniels also recently reached the conclusion of a bitter legal battle with her former attorney, Michael Avenatti, who was accused of stealing money from an advance Daniels received for her autobiography which resulted in charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for Avenatti.
Avenatti was convicted of these charges and, per CNN, is expected to be sentenced in late May.