(NewsReady.com) – The years-long battle between ex-adult actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and former President Donald Trump is finally over. The actress accused the former POTUS of defamation. She’s now lost an appeal in the case and has to pay Trump a significant amount of money.
On Friday, March 18, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling by US District Judge James Otero. He’d ruled against Daniels, dismissing her defamation suit against Trump. She’d sued the former POTUS while he was in office, claiming he defamed her after releasing a sketch of a man who she says threatened her in 2006 if she didn’t leave Trump alone. When the then-president saw the sketch, he responded by calling it a “total con job.”
Otero ruled Trump’s comment was protected by the First Amendment. The court of appeals ordered Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees, which amount to about $300,000 because she’d missed a 30-day deadline. Daniels responded to the ruling by vowing to go to jail before she pays.
On Tuesday, Daniels released a more extensive statement where she claimed there was prejudice against her because of her former career and her former attorney Micheal Avenatti (who was later convicted of several felonies related to a Nike extortion plot) for the failed lawsuit.
This is my statement. pic.twitter.com/wVSde8ZbjS
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 22, 2022
Daniels claimed Trump only won on a technicality because Avenatti failed to file the appeal in a timely matter.
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
Trump celebrated the win on Monday, calling the lawsuit a “purely political stunt” and saying he was waiting for the money Daniels owes him.
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