Stormy Daniels is in the spotlight again, this time… it’s not good news for the Porn star.
Not only has her Defamation suit been thrown out of court but Daniels will now have to pay for President Trump’s legal fees.
According To The Post:
Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Trump was tossed out Monday — with a federal judge ordering the porn star to pay the president’s legal fees, according to reports.
The case stemmed from a Trump tweet that called Daniels, who claims she had an affair with him, “a total con job.”
Judge S. James Otero, a US District Court judge in Los Angeles, said last month the comments made in the president’s tweet appeared to be an opinion protected by the First Amendment.
The president’s attorney Charles J. Harder called the ruling a “victory” in a statement to Fox News. The amount Daniels needs to pay will be decided at a later date, he said.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he planned to appeal the dismissal.
The AP reported:
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, vowed to appeal the decision and said he was confident it would be reversed.
“There is something really rich in Trump relying on the First Amendment to justify defaming a woman,” Avenatti said.
But the president’s lawyer immediately hailed the ruling as a “total victory” for Trump.
“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, said in a statement.
Daniels was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement signed days before the 2016 election and is suing to dissolve the contract. Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not.
Lawyers for Trump and Cohen now say the deal that paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet was invalid, and they won’t sue her for breaking it. Trump’s attorney said the president never considered himself as a party to the agreement and doesn’t dispute Daniels’ assertion that the contract isn’t valid.
While Trump and Cohen want the court to toss out the litigation as moot, Daniels’ lawyer wants to keep the case alive.
That case, which is separate from the defamation claim, is continuing.