CLEVELAND, Ohio – President Donald Trump wants a piece of the $ 450,000 adult movie star that Stormy Daniels caught up with the city of Columbus for his arrest at a strip club in 2018.
Trump, through Columbus attorney Dan Binau, filed a notice that a California federal judge ordered Daniels to pay more than $ 293,000 in legal fees and penalties for a libel suit he filed against the president. The judge subsequently dismissed the case.
Court documents indicate that the president wants to recover some or all of what the California judge awarded him as part of the money Daniels receives from the Ohio capital.
Binau filed the notice Wednesday on the register of Daniels’ lawsuit against Columbus. He filed a similar notice last month in a federal court in southern Ohio.
Daniels’ attorney, Chase Mallory, said Trump and his attorney are looking to collect even though the California judge didn’t cut legal fees to a sentence.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, reached her six-figure deal with Colombo in September. It’s about his arrest by the undercover deputy detectives at the Sirens strip club.
Columbus police initially said his arrest in July 2018 was part of an investigation into human trafficking and prostitution. Daniels said it was fake, and it was instead a way of covering up a political motivation.
Police later said Daniels put his hands on an officer’s buttocks and put her breasts in the face of an officer, which formed the basis for his arrest.
The Columbus City attorney subsequently dropped the felony charges against Daniels and two others arrested the same night. An investigation conducted by the police department’s internal affairs unit did not support an allegation of political motivation by the officers involved, but investigators found the arrest to be improper.
Daniels gained notoriety after saying he was in a relationship with Donald Trump in 2006, before he became president. He also revealed a payment he said he received to keep quiet in the months leading up to the 2016 election.
The lawsuit in California that the president is now seeking to obtain attorney fees concerns an April 2018 tweet in which the president questioned Daniels’ statements about a man he said threatened her and her daughter in 2011. Daniels said he was considering speaking to a magazine about the deal at the time.
Daniels released a sketch of the man he said threatened her, and the next day Trump tweeted that the man was “non-existent” and Daniels’ claims were “a total scam, playing Fake News Media for Fools (but they they know)! “
A judge in California ruled that the president’s tweet constituted “rhetorical hyperbole” and dismissed Daniels’ case. He issued the order for attorney fees and $ 1,000 in penalties in December 2018.
Mallory noted that Daniels is appealing the California federal judge’s decision to dismiss the case. He said the notice that Trump’s lawyer presented in the Columbus case, without judgment, was “further evidence that the president and his lawyers do not even know basic civil procedural law.”
Binau did not respond to a message seeking comments.
Trump isn’t the only high-profile person in Daniels’ orbit looking for some or all of the solution. His former attorney Michael Avenatti has filed a pledge that Daniels owes him more than $ 2 million in fees and expenses for when he represented her.
Avenatti is under indictment in two separate federal courts and some charges involve his representation of Daniels.