Judge Orders Trump to Pay Stormy Daniels’ Legal Fees
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels scored another legal victory on Friday when a California judge ordered her former fling, Donald Trump, to pay her $44,100 for the legal fees she accrued in her lawsuit against him.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, first sued Trump in 2018 to be released from a non-disclosure agreement regarding their brief dalliance. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, famously paid Daniels $130,000 to never reveal what she knew about Trump. Trump’s lawyers agreed out of court not to countersue or enforce the NDA. Clifford’s suit was ultimately dismissed, and her claims ruled moot since the NDA had been deemed unenforceable.
The judge ruled that Stormy Daniels was entitled to be reimbursed for the legal fees after deciding she was the “prevailing party” under California law even though the case was dismissed. He also dismissed arguments from Trump’s attorneys that he was not responsible for covering the fees because he did not sign the NDA, ruling that because Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 and since the president’s legal team had argued that a defamation suit from Clifford should be handled by an NDA arbiter, Trump was effectively a party to the deal.
Daniels and Cohen both say Trump had an affair with the actress from 2006 to 2007, claims Trump still denies, despite plenty of evidence and an investigation from the FBI. Trump himself seemed to confirm the affair when he let it slip that he’s “terrified of sharks” at a press conference. Daniels had told the press that she had watched an episode of “Shark Week” with Trump, who revealed his fear of sharks to her, as proof they had spent time together.