President Donald Trump is requesting a whopping $341,559.50 in attorney’s fees from Stormy Daniels — a porn star who claims she had sex with Trump when he was married back in 2006 — after a federal judge in Los Angeles tossed out Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against the president.
Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) filed a defamation suit against President Trump in April over a tweet he sent slamming her accusations against him as a “total con job.”
Daniels claims she had unprotected vaginal sex with Trump in a hotel room soon after Melania Trump gave birth to the couple’s son Barron. The porn star later reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement and was paid $130,000 to remain silent about the tryst. She has spoken to numerous media outlets about the alleged affair and more recently wrote a book, which is dedicated to her daughter, wherein she describes intimate details about the encounter, including what Trump’s penis apparently looks like.
Earlier this year, Daniels claimed she had been threatened by a man, of whom she provided a sketch, in 2011 over the alleged affair.
Trump, in typical fashion, decided to hit back publicly via his favorite medium: Twitter.
Captioning a side-by-side image of the sketch of the man and Stormy and her husband (the implication obvious), Trump tweeted, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
Media-hungry attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Daniels, argued that the tweet “damaged his client’s credibility by portraying her as a liar,” reports Fox News.
The court disagreed with Avenatti and sided with Trump and the Constitution.
“The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.,” said U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in his Monday ruling. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
Per the ruling, Mr. Trump is “entitled to an award of his attorneys’ fees” against Daniels, according to a statement dictated by attorney Charles Harder.
Daniels “filed this action, not because it had any merit, but instead for the ulterior purposes of raising her media profile, engaging in political attacks against the president by herself and her attorney, who has appeared on more than 150 national television news interviews attacking the President and now is exploring a run for the presidency himself in 2020,” said court documents, reported by the Washington Examiner.
Avenatti told the Examiner that the $300,000-plus figured requested by Trump was “created out of whole cloth.”
“[I]t is nothing compared to what he will owe my client from the main NDA case,” Avenatti boasted. Daniels is suing Trump and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen over the infamous nondisclosure agreement.
According to Fox News, “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.”