5,000 kilometers from his New York legal drama, Donald Trump secured an important victory in another court.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the former president in his bid to recover additional legal fees from adult film star Stormy Daniels, who had filed and lost a defamation lawsuit against him.
Daniels was ordered to pay Trump’s lawyers just over $120,000 in legal fees. That is on top of the more than $500,000 in court-ordered payments to Trump’s lawyers that she will likely already be paid.
The civil litigation is not officially related to Trump’s arrest and the charges brought against him in New York, but both involved Daniels, who was allegedly paid $130,000 in money during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep quiet. about romance. (Trump denies the affair.)
Daniels had sued Trump in 2018 after he tweeted an allegation by Daniels that an unknown man threatened her in a parking lot to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump a “total scam.”
In dismissing the lawsuit in October 2018, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said Trump’s statement was protected by the First Amendment.