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Stormy Daniels forced to pay Trump legal fees in failed suit

Written By | Dec 16, 2018
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Stormy Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti. Screen capture, MSNBC.

LOS ANGELES. LA-based California Judge S. James Otero has tossed out the defamation suit filed by  Stormy Daniels against President Trump. She claimed that Trump’s tweets rebutting her earlier accusations had “defamed” her. In addition, the judge ruled, the porn star must now pay President Trump’s legal fees after a judge tossed out that defamation suit. Charles Harder, Trump’s lawyer requested $390,000 to settle the issue.

Avenatti attempts a re-do of his epic legal fail

As expected, Daniels’ currently beleaguered attorney Michael Avenatti signaled his intention to appeal. Via Twitter, he proclaimed that Judge Otero’s order “will never hold up on appeal.”

Trump had accused Daniels on April 18, of making a false story claiming a man told her to leave Trump alone, and saying that something bad could happen to her if she didn’t.

Otero ruled that the President’s tweets fall under the protection provided by the First Amendment. He dismissed the case under Texas law involving Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation suits. Texas law says that the losing party must pay the other side’s legal fees. Otero ruled on Tuesday that Daniels owes Trump $292,052.33.

Otero noted, however, that Trump’s legal team requested payment for more hours than they would have been expected to work. “The defendant is using more legal associates than necessary,” he state. “They could have streamlined the process by distributing the workload to junior associates.”

A little tiff between the porn star and her PR-seeking attorney?

Daniels recently told The Daily Beast, that her lawyer Avenatti filed the defamation suit against her wishes. However, it appears that the porn star and her lawyer appear to have worked it out and are back in business, saying: “Pleased that Michael and I have sorted this out.”

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Whatever the case, she was paid off for her silence on the alleged incident as part of a non-disclosure agreement with then-candidate Trump just days before the 2016 election.

The porn star further alleges a man threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot, seven years ago. The man purportedly told her to “forget the story,” and allegedly said “that’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder has claimed that Daniels filed suit to only raise her media profile.

Stormy Daniels and her attorney are both in legal hot water

For his part, while Daniels’ publicity-seeking attorney has recently experienced professional and personal setbacks. A woman has accused him of assaulting here, which resulted in his recent arrest by police. In addition, he and his firm were evicted recently from their office space due to flagrant nonpayment of rent.

Avenatti still plans to run for president against Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 national elections.

— Headline image: Stormy Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti. Screen capture, MSNBC.



Larry Lease

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