Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Donald Trump $290,000 in Legal Fees, but Avenatti Says President Will Pay More

Following a public court battle, a judge in California ordered Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to pay President Donald Trump more than $293,000 in legal fees.

After Daniels's defamation lawsuit against the president was dismissed, Trump's lawyer Charles Harder asked U.S. District Judge S. James Otero to order Daniels to pay almost $800,000 in attorney's fees, according to CNBC. Otero didn't entirely acquiesce to Harder's request for the full amount but ordered Daniels to pay $293,052.33 in attorneys' fees, costs and sanctions.

"The court's order, along with the court's prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels's defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case," Harder told CNBC following the judge's order.

After the court's ruling, Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, shared his side of the story on Twitter. He wrote that by the court awarding Trump less than half of what the president wanted, it recognized that it was a "gross and excessive request."

Avenatti added that the amount in fees that would be awarded to Daniels in the primary nondisclosure agreement (NDA) case would be at least $1 million more than the amount she has to pay Trump. He said Harder and Trump deserve each other because they are "both dishonest" and questioned how the ruling on Tuesday was a win for Trump.

"If Stormy has to pay $300k to Trump in the defamation case (which will never hold up on appeal) and Trump has to pay Stormy $1,500,000 in the NDA case (net $1,200,000 to Stormy), how is this a Trump win?" he tweeted.

The judge ruled that Daniels would have to pay attorneys' fees on December 4, at which point, Avenatti also turned the attention toward the NDA case.

"Trump and his attorney's attempt to fool the public about the importance of the attorneys' fees in the defamation case, which are a fraction of what they owe my client in the main NDA case, is an absolute joke," Avenatti tweeted Tuesday. "People are smarter than that."

Daniels originally filed a lawsuit against Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, in an effort to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed after she allegedly had an affair with the president. She claimed that she was paid $130,000 in exchange for her silence and that she was physically intimidated to not speak about the alleged affair.

After a sketch artist released a rendering of the man Daniels alleged intimidated her while she was with her daughter, Trump declared on Twitter that it was a drawing of a "nonexistent man." He added that it was a "total con job."

In response, Avenatti filed a defamation suit on Daniels's behalf against Trump. However, it was dismissed on the basis that Trump's tweet was "rhetorical hyperbole" and protected under his First Amendment rights.

Daniels later told The Daily Beast that Avenatti filed the suit against her wishes and said he'd spoken on her behalf without her approval. She also claimed that Avenatti set up crowdfunding campaigns without her signing off on them and refused to tell her how the money was being spent. Avenatti denied the claim and said that he's always been her biggest champion.

"I have personally sacrificed an enormous amount of money, time and energy toward assisting her because I believe in her," Avenatti said. "I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases, and she knows that."

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