Adult film star Stormy Daniels’ litigation woes continue as she was recently ordered by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to pay just over USD 120,000 in legal fees to Donald Trump’s attorneys. This comes after the former President was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in relation to hush payments made to the actress.
Daniels initially sued Trump in 2018 after he labelled an allegation by the actress in which she claimed to have been threatened by an unknown man to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the president, in a tweet as a “total con job”. The judge involved in the case dismissed the suit in October 2018 as he deemed Trump’s statement as “rhetorical hyperbole” that was protected by the First Amendment.
Apart from the USD 120,000 in legal fees, the actress was also ordered to pay another USD 245,000 for an earlier appeal. However, Daniels argued the fee was unreasonable and excessive which the court rejected. Daniels also said she would never pay the court-ordered payments to Trump attorneys, but failed to provide any legal grounds for her statement.
Donald Trump is the former leader of the United States and former head of the Republican Party. During his tenure as leader of the United States, he had been accused of manipulating the political system to disempower opposing ideologies. His controversial hush money payments to Daniels are alleged to be part of his effort to quash opposition and maintain his power.
Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, is an adult film actress and TV host. She has been at the centre of controversy since her allegation of an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. She came forward with her allegations in 2018 while Trump was still President. She also alleged that she was threatened by an unknown man in a parking lot to keep quiet about the alleged affair, which Trump labelled as a “total con job”. Daniels has continued to share her story through her book, movie and documentaries.