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Lawyers want porn star to pay Trump $340K in legal fees

AP  |  Los Angeles 

Lawyers for want to pay them USD 340,000 in legal bills they claim they earned successfully defending Trump against her frivolous defamation claim.

The attorneys are due in a federal courtroom Monday to make their case that they rang up big bills because of gamesmanship and aggressive tactics by Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges she had a one-night affair with Trump in 2006. She sued him earlier this year seeking to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 election about the tryst as part $130,000 hush money settlement. Trump has denied the affair.

Despite the deal to stay quiet, Daniels spoke out publicly and alleged that five years after the affair she was threatened to keep quiet by a man she did not recognise in a parking lot. She also released a composite sketch of the mystery man.

She sued Trump for defamation after he responded to the allegation by tweeting, "A sketch years later about a non-existent man. A total con job, playing the Fake Media for Fools (but they know it)!" S ruled in October that Trump's statement was "rhetorical hyperbole" against a political adversary and was protected speech under the First Amendment.

Trump is entitled to legal fees, Otero said. Trump's team of lawyers have accounted for more than 500 hours of work at rates as high as USD 840 an hour.

Avenatti, who has positioned himself as a Trump foe and is considering a run for in 2020, said the fees are "staggering and grossly inflated" and should not exceed $25,000.

Trump's lead said the fees and unspecified monetary sanctions were earned because of the extraordinary nature of the case.

"This action is virtually unprecedented in American legal history," wrote. Daniels "not only brought a meritless claim for defamation against the sitting of the United States, but she also has engaged, along with her attorney, in massive national publicity."

Harder noted she appeared on national TV, penned a book and went on a live strip club tour dubbed "Make America Horny Again" a riff on Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 21:15 IST
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