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California Superior Court judge orders Trump to pay $43,000 to Stormy Daniels

President Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $43,000 in legal fees to Stormy Daniels, according to lawyers representing the porn star who posted the court ruling online. 

Trial lawyer Clark Brewster posted the Monday filing from the California Superior Court in a Friday Twitter post that was retweeted by their client. 

‘Yup. Another win! #teamstormy,’ the 41-year-old porn star, born Stephanie Clifford, said late Friday night. 

Judge Robert Broadbelt III ruled that Clifford was entitled to legal fees, finding her the “prevailing party” under California law, despite her case against Trump getting dismissed, CNN reports.  

The judge also dismissed an argument by Trump’s attorneys that the President was not liable for the fees because he had not signed the NDA.

Broadbelt wrote that because of the reimbursement from Trump to Cohen and because Trump’s legal team had argued that the defamation suit filed by Daniels should have been handled by the arbitrator of the NDA, Trump was an effective member of the agreement. 

 The announcement comes on the heels of a federal judge turning down President Donald Trump’s latest move Friday to keep New York City prosecutors from getting his tax records, but Trump’s lawyers have already asked higher courts to step in.

Trump’s lawyers said that the request for tax records dating back to 2011 was retaliatory after the president’s company, the Trump Organization, disputed the scope of a subpoena seeking records from June 1, 2015, through September 20, 2018. 

That time span pertains to an investigation related to non-disclosure payoffs to two women, including Daniels, to keep them quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign about their alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. 

Daniels’ affair with Trump allegedly took place in 2006, soon after his son Barron was born. Trump has denied the affair.

Monday’s ruling awards Daniels for fees tied to the alleged 2016 payoff, which Michael Cohen had testified was in the amount of $130,000 and arranged by Trump’s former lawyer.

After suing Trump in March 2018, Daniels wrote a tell-all book and became a household name as she went into great detail about the affair. 

The porn star was then ordered to pay close to $300,000 after her libel suit against the president was thrown out by a judge. The suit had been based on the denial of the alleged affair, the New York Daily News reports.

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