Former President Donald Trump, the billionaire, is about to be a couple hundred thousand dollars richer, thanks to a federal appeals court decision on Monday.
Trump announced that adult film star Stormy Daniels lost her libel case against him and as a result, she now owes him close to $300,000. The announcement came via his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington.
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
“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),” Trump noted, according to a statement posted to Twitter by Harrington.
Daniels filed a number of lawsuits against the former president and his attorney Michael Cohen in 2018, claiming in one suit that Trump defamed her in a tweet, Just the News reported.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he said. “Now all I have to do is wait for all of the money she owes me.”
The court originally ordered Daniels to pay Trump the money last year, but now he says that everything is final.
He added in his statement, “P.S. The Fake News probably won’t report this story!”
Avenatti is no saint, either. Last month, he was found guilty of cheating Daniels out of a great deal of money from a book deal. Also, in July he received a two-and-a-half-year sentence for attempting to extort millions from sneaker and clothing brand Nike. Avenatti reportedly took around $300,000 from Daniels that did not belong to him. The wire fraud charge in the book deal case carries a maximum 20 years in prison while the aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years.
The decision was handed down by the notorious left-leaning 9th Circuit.
“In its decision Friday, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth 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,” CNBC reported.
“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. The amount Daniels owes Trump in the case is about the same amount she was swindled out of by her former lawyer Michael Avenatti,” the report added.
Daniels, who recently has been involved in developing a paranormal investigative show entitled “Spooky Babes,” fired back on Twitter at a woman who gloated about Trump’s court victory.
I will go to jail before I pay a penny
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 22, 2022
“I will go to jail before I pay a penny,” Daniels tweeted.
No doubt the court can arrange that, too.