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Judge orders porn star Stormy Daniels to pay Trump $293,000 in attorneys' fees, sanctions

Key Points
  • A judge ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay President Donald Trump more than $292,000 in his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions.
  • The order relates to a dismissed defamation lawsuit Daniels filed against Trump this year.
  • Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti predicted "Stormy will never have to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney's fees and costs" from a pending lawsuit pending related to a non-disclosure agreement that she signed about an alleged affair with Trump.
Stormy Daniels sits for a televison interview on April 17, 2018.
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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay President Donald Trump more than $292,000 in attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions in connection with her dismissed defamation suit against Trump.

That was much less than the nearly $800,000 in legal fees and sanctions that Trump's lawyer Charles Harder asked for earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

But Harder in a statement Tuesday said that Daniels was ordered to pay amount to 75 percent of Trump's legal fees. And he crowed that the $1,000 in sanctions are for her filing "meritless" defamation action.

That defamation suit came in response to a Trump tweet that all but called Daniels for claiming she was menaced by a man seeking to keep her quiet about a sexual tryst with the president.

"The court's order, along with the court's prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels' defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case."

Harder billed Trump $841.64 per hour in the case. The president's other lawyers charged rate ranging from $307.60 per hour up to $756.49 per hour.

Otero in his ruling called those rates "reasonable," noting that Trump's lawyers "are incredibly qualified."

Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNBC in a text message predicted that Daniels will never have to pay Trump the $293,052.33 in attorneys' fees and sanctions because of other legal claims she still has against the president.

"Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are both dishonest," Avenatti wrote."They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive."

Avenatti's text referenced the fact that Daniels has a pending lawsuit against Trump that seeks damages in connection with a non-disclosure agreement that she has with him.

It also referenced the fact that Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to federal campaign law violations that included one related to a hush-money payment to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

"Stormy will never have to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney's fees and costs from the main NDA case, expecially in light of Cohen's guilty plea to a felony."

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced for that crime and others unrelated to it in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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Daniels whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had sex with Trump in 2006, several months after first lady Melania Trump gave birth to her son with the president. The White House has denied the affair happened.

In October 2016, Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her agreement to keep quiet about her claims of an affair.

Cohen has said he made that payment at the direction of Trump, who at the time was locked into a close race for the White House with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Daniels earlier this year sued Trump and Cohen, seeking to void the non-disclosure agreement.

She later sued Trump for defamation, claiming he smeared her on Twitter after she gave a police sketch artist a description of a man who, Daniels said, had who warned her in a Las Vegas parking lot to keep quiet about Trump.

"A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!" Trump wrote in his tweet.

Otero dismissed Daniels' defamation case, but not her NDA-related lawsuit, in October.

The judge said that Trump's tweet was "rhetorical hyperbole," and was protected by the First Amendment.