Trump Aide Ordered To Pay Legal Fees In Failed Defamation Suit
Jason Miller, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump’s spokesperson, has been ordered to pay G/O Media $42,000 in legal fees and expenses it incurred in defending itself over a frivolous defamation lawsuit Miller had filed against the company.
A U.S. District Court Judge in Florida made the ruling after a federal appeals court rejected Miller’s second $100 million defamation suit against G/O, which is the parent company of Gizmodo, Jezebel and other websites. Miller originally sued the company claiming that a 2018 story in the now-defunct outlet Splinter titled “Court Docs Allege Ex-Trump Staffer Drugged Woman He Got Pregnant With ‘Abortion Pill,” was the cause of CNN dropping him as a paid political commentator. A federal judge dismissed that suit after finding that the article was accurately reported.
Miller, however, was undaunted and filed a second lawsuit in which he argued that the court documents upon which the original reporting was based were out of bounds. Last month a panel of judges on the 11th Circuit ruled that they were protected under New York fair reporting privilege and upheld the 2019 decision, leading the District Court judge in Florida to rule that Miller is liable for G/O’s legal fees.
The Splinter article was part of its reporting about the nasty court battle between Miller and A.J. Delgado, mother of his child. Delgado, who had a brief affair with Miller when both of them served as aides in Trump’s political campaign, is suing the married Miller for child support. As part of her case, Delgado alleges that Miller surreptitiously slipped a so-called morning after abortion pill to a strip club dancer after she told him that she was pregnant with his child.