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Donald Trump Wins Court Victory Against Stormy Daniels, She Owes Him $300,000

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Adult movie star Stormy Daniels is furious after she was defeated by former President Donald Trump and ordered to pay him around $300,000 in attorney’s fees.

But she has vowed to defy to court order, and even have herself locked behind bars, before she gives the former president any payment, The New York Post reported.

“The appeals court upheld the ruling. Stormy Daniels owes Trump $300,000 plus appeals costs! @StormyDaniels better hit that stripper pole hard!!!! LMFAO,” a Twitter user said.

“I will go to jail before I pay a penny,” she responded.

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The 45th President of the United States responded to the victory in an email to supporters from his Save America PAC.

“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 former president 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. 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!” he said.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said it had no jurisdiction over Daniels’ appeal of the attorneys’ fees since she failed to file a notice within a 30-day deadline of a federal judge granting the fees to Trump, CNBC reported.

The appeals court also said the judge properly included another $1,000 in sanctions against Daniels in the judgment that awarded Trump attorneys’ fees, the network reported.

Former attorneys for both Daniels and Trump — Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen, respectively — have been convicted of felonies in connection to the legal battle.

Avenatti was convicted of robbing around the same amount she now owes to the former president in advance book money for her tome “Full Disclosure.”

He was found guilty of charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft of hundreds of thousands in book proceeds, Fox News reported.

The jury spent about 15 and a half hours deliberating before returning the verdict on Friday afternoon. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, while the aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years.

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Avenatti – who stared straight ahead as his fate was read – was subsequently ordered to surrender to federal court officials in California no later than 5 p.m. on Monday. His sentencing date was scheduled for May 24.

Earlier on Thursday, jurors sent a note that they were unable to come to a consensus on the wire fraud charge. Lawyers on each side were discussing with U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman how to respond to the note, though Furman said he was inclined just to tell them to “keep at it.” He instructed them to continue their deliberations, reminding the jurors of the commitment they made to work toward a verdict.

“The case isn’t as clear-cut as the government wants everybody to believe, Avenatti, who represented himself, said to reporters as the jury deliberated.

“I was her advocate, I was her champion. I put everything on the line. I wanted to help her,” he said to the jury. “According to the government, Michael Avenatti could never have believed that he had the right to be paid. That is ludicrous, and it is not supported by the evidence.”

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sobelman said that Avenatti “got tangled in his own web of lies,” and said there was a “mountain of evidence,” against him.

“The defendant was a lawyer who stole from his own client. She thought that he was her own advocate, but he betrayed her, and he told lies to try to cover it all up,” he said. “The defendant’s lies and betrayal were exposed.”

He faces a maximum of two decades in prison.

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