Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who sued the president has to pay Trump $293,000 in legal charges, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
“The court order,” Harder said,”Along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, collectively constitute a complete success for the President, and a complete defeat for Stormy Daniels in this circumstance.”
Attorneys for President Trump had requested a courtroom earlier this month for nearly $800,000 in lawyers’ fees and penalties from Daniels for the unsuccessful defamation lawsuit.
Harder defended over 500 hours his company spent that rang up a nearly $390,000 legal bill for the president asked for an equal amount in sanctions as a deterrent against a “Duplicate filer or frivolous defamation cases.”
Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti promptly reacted, declaring the judgment would not survive a appeal.
“Charles Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest,” Avenatti tweeted.”
In case Stormy must pay $300k to Trump from the defamation case and Trump has to pay Stormy $1,500,000 from the NDA case, how is this a Trump win?”.
Daniels alleged she had a last-minute affair with Trump in 2006. She sued him earlier this year seeking to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 election concerning the alleged affair as part of a $130,000 hush currency settlement.
Despite the deal to remain silent, Daniels spoke out openly and alleged that five years after the alleged affair she had been threatened to keep silent by a guy she did not recognize in a Las Vegas parking lot.
She released a composite sketch of this mystery man. She sued Trump for defamation
after he responded to the allegation by begging: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing with the Fake News Media for Fools!”.
Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump was thrown from court in October, together with U.S. District Judge S. James Otero citing free-speech motives.”The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet question represents ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally connected with politics and public discourse from the U.S.,” Otero said at the moment.
“The First Amendment protects this kind of rhetorical statement.”