Former adult film star Stormy Daniels has been ordered to pay an additional $121,962.56 in attorney fees to former President Donald Trump, by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This amount is in addition to the approximately $500,000 she was already ordered to pay Trump last year.
The ruling came as Trump was in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday to plead not guilty to 34 charges regarding allegations that he falsified business records related to Daniels’s hush money case.
This case involves hush money payments made to Daniels in 2016, allegedly to keep quiet about an affair she had with Trump in 2006.
While this ruling is separate from the Manhattan case, it is yet another victory for Trump, who has been involved in several legal battles since leaving the White House.
The former president’s legal team was quick to celebrate the ruling, with attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeting, “Collectively, our firm obtained over $600,000 in attorney fee awards in his favor in the meritless litigation initiated by Stormy Daniels.”
The ruling comes as Trump’s political future remains uncertain. The former president was indicted last week by a Manhattan grand jury in the hush money case, a move that has been criticized by many Republicans who claim it is politically motivated.
Meanwhile, Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign has raised $7 million in the days following the indictment, indicating strong support from his base.