Stormy Daniels blasts Trump's 'staggering' request for nearly $350,000 in legal fees

CNBC | 11/8/2018 | Kevin Breuninger
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Porn star Stormy Daniels asked a federal judge to drastically reduce President Donald Trump's demand for nearly $350,000 in attorney's fees in her recently dismissed defamation suit.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, argued that the $341,559.50 requested for an alleged 509.25 hours of attorney time is a "staggering and grossly inflated sum."

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The proper figure is closer to $25,000, Avenatti said in the court filing Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump for defamation in April, arguing that he had suggested she was falsely accusing a man of a crime when he tweeted that her statements on daytime talk show "The View" were a "total con job."

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But Judge S. James Otero dismissed her suit in October, saying Trump's tweet was "the definition of protected rhetorical hyperbole." Otero also ruled that the president was entitled to be paid his attorneys' fees by Daniels.

Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, argued in a late-October court filing that "any questions regarding the reasonableness of Mr. Trump's fees should be resolved in favor of Mr. Trump."

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He continued: "This action is virtually unprecedented in American legal history. Plaintiff not only brought a meritless claim for defamation against the sitting President of the United States, but she also has engaged, along with her attorney, in massive national publicity relating to the case."

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