Donald Trump issued a statement celebrating a court upholding an order for porn star Stormy Daniels to pay him nearly $300,000 in legal fees due to her failed defamation lawsuit.
The ruling marks a likely end to the years-long legal battle between Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Gregory Clifford, and the former President.
The declaration comes from a federal appeals court rejecting her bid to overturn a lower court decision in her defamation lawsuit against Trump.
In their decision late last week, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said it had no jurisdiction over Daniels’ appeal of the attorneys’ fees issue because she did not file a notice within the proper timeframe, according to CNBC.
PORN SPAR: Stormy Daniels Loses Appeal, Must Pay Trump 300K in Attorney Fees —Both Parties Respond https://t.co/d5Px0P7LKz
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 22, 2022
A federal judge in 2018 tossed out Daniels’ lawsuit against President Trump, citing First Amendment rights, and ordered her to pay the legal fees.
Daniels had sued the President in April of 2018 regarding a tweet in which he denied her claims of being threatened by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011.
The adult actress claimed a man had warned her about going public with an alleged affair with Trump. She later provided a police sketch of a man many viewed as a dead ringer for her ex-husband.
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Trump mocked her story as a “total con job,” prompting the lawsuit.
Porn star Stormy Daniels loses appeal in Trump case, owes former president almost $300,000 https://t.co/sTRrCAYSAu
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) March 22, 2022
Trump Celebrates Win Over Stormy Daniels
Daniels has claimed she had sex with the former President in 2006, a claim he denies, but which led to his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paying $130,000 in exchange for her keeping quiet about the alleged relationship.
In a statement issued Monday evening, President Trump celebrated the court ruling against Stormy Daniels.
“The lawsuit was a purely political stunt that never should have been started, or allowed to happen, and I am pleased that my lawyers were able to bring it to a successful conclusion after the court fully rejected her appeal,” he said.
“Now all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me,” gloated Trump.
President Trump was right again, Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti are frauds! pic.twitter.com/SZGfVLd4c2
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 22, 2022
The 2024 Republican frontrunner also took a personal jab at Daniels in his statement.
“As I have stated many times throughout the years, I never had an affair with Stormy Daniels, nor would I ever have wanted to,” Trump claimed.
He called the ruling “a total and complete victory and vindication for, and of me.”
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) October 15, 2018
Stormy Vows to Never Pay
Stormy Daniels responded to a Twitter user suggesting she’ll need to “hit that stripper pole hard” in order to afford Trump’s attorneys’ fees.
“I will go to jail before I pay a penny,” she replied.
I will go to jail before I pay a penny
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 22, 2022
CNBC points out that the amount Stormy Daniels owes Trump is nearly equivalent to the amount “that she was swindled out of by Michael Avenatti, her former lawyer.”
Avenatti was found guilty of stealing from his porn star client by tricking her literary agent into sending him almost $300,000 in publisher’s payments.
He faces up to 22 years in prison when he’s sentenced for that conviction on May 24.
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in Nike extortion case, cries in court. Tough guy isn’t so tough after all.https://t.co/mba4SxjDqQ
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) July 8, 2021
Cohen served a three-year sentence for tax evasion, bank fraud, and lying to Congress stemming from the payment to Daniels, along with another to model Karen McDougal, who also claimed she slept with Trump.