Trump Lawyers Want Stormy Daniels to Pay $340K in Legal Costs for President’s Defense Against Defamation Claim
The Latest on lawsuits by porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump and his former personal lawyer:
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Lawyers for porn actress Stormy Daniels and President Trump’s former personal attorney got in a face-to-face confrontation in a Santa Monica courthouse hallway.
Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, and Brent Blakely, who represents Michael Cohen, exchanged accusations Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Avenatti said Blakely represented a felon. Blakely responded that Avenatti is a felon. Avenatti said he’s never been convicted of a crime.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to several felonies and admitted funneling money to Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair she has said she had with Trump.
It’s not clear what Blakely referred to, though Anenatti was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence.
Prosecutors declined bringing felony charges against Avenatti. They are investigating whether he should face a misdemeanor charge for allegations he roughed up a girlfriend. Avenatti has denied wrongdoing.
Attorneys for President Trump want a Los Angeles judge to award $340,000 in legal fees for successfully defending him against defamation claims by porn actress Stormy Daniels.
Attorneys are due in Los Angeles federal court Monday to make their case that gamesmanship by Daniels’ lawyer led to big bills.
Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006. She sued him after he dismissed her claims of being threatened to keep quiet about the tryst as a “total con job.”
A judge ruling Trump’s statement was an exaggeration aimed at a political rival threw out the case in October. He said Trump could recoup legal fees.
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, says the amount sought is staggering and shouldn’t exceed $25,000.