Porn star Stormy Daniels has suffered a major loss in court and was ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in attorneys’ fees to President Donald Trump.
However, Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, is defying the court and refuses to pay up, despite the risk of being jailed.
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 failed to file a notice of appeal within a 30-day deadline of a federal judge granting the fees to Trump.
“The appeals court also said that the same judge had properly included another $1,000 in sanctions against Daniels in the same judgment that awarded Trump attorneys’ fees.”
Trump lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon said: “It was an honor for my team to represent President Trump in this successful 9th circuit ruling. Onward!”
President Trump responded to the news, saying:
“The 9th Circuit just issued a final ruling in the Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) frivolous lawsuit case against me brought by her disgraced lawyer, Michael Avenatti, upholding the lower court ruling that she owes me nearly $300,000 in attorney fees, costs, and sanctions (not including appeal costs).
“As I have stated many times throughout the years, I never had an affair with Stormy Daniels, nor would I ever have wanted to.
“The ruling was a total and complete victory and vindication for, and of me.”
“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.
“Now all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me.
“P.S. The Fake News probably won’t report this story!”
Daniels remained defiant, however, and says she won’t pay Trump one dime.
“I will go to jail before I pay a penny,” she wrote.
President Donald J. Trump:
“The 9th Circuit just issued a final ruling in the Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) frivolous lawsuit case against me brought by her disgraced lawyer, Michael Avenatti, upholding the lower court ruling that she owes me nearly $300,000 in.. pic.twitter.com/BPDpdkWEAT
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) March 22, 2022
I will go to jail before I pay a penny
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 22, 2022
It was an honor for my team to represent President Trump in this successful 9th circuit ruling. Onward! https://t.co/MKRfa2lncn
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) March 22, 2022
Daniels sued Trump when he was president in 2018, seeking to void the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen. While Trump later agreed not to enforce the agreement, a judge in 2020 ordered him to pay Daniels more than $44,000 for her legal fees in that case.
Later in 2018, Daniels sued Trump again, claiming he defamed her when, in a Twitter post, he scoffed at a police sketch artist drawing of a man who Daniels said had threatened her in 2011 over her allegation of having had sex with Trump.
Trump called the sketch a “con job” about a “nonexistent man.”
A federal judge dismissed that lawsuit later in 2018, saying Trump’s statements were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.