Mr. Trump respectfully requests that the Court award him reasonable attorneys’ fees in the amount of $341,559.50, plus any additional fees incurred in connection with preparing a Reply and attending a hearing on this Motion, and sanction Plaintiff in an amount sufficient to deter her from bringing similar claims in the future.
A bad case
Daniels had alleged that Trump defamed her and damaged her reputation when he tweeted on April 18 that a forensic sketch of a man that Daniels says threatened her was a “con job” and wrote that the sketch depicted “a non-existent man.”
On October 15, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles ruled that Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment as the kind of “rhetorical hyperbole” normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States.
He ordered Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees.
Today’s motion reveals that Trump’s attorneys tried to meet with Avenatti to discuss a settlement of the fees soon after Daniels’ defamation lawsuit was dismissed. Avenatti claimed he was too busy, but eventually agree to a conference call, which took place October 26. But on that call, Avenatti refused to come to terms over attorneys’ fees, and vowed to oppose any effort by Trump’s lawyers to collect.
The motion by Trump’s attorneys details his legal expenditures, and also requests sanctions against Daniels.
Noted attorney Marc Randazza who publicly told Daniels’ jackass lawyer Michael Avenatti that he “must be mentally impaired to have filed” the suit back in May, responded to the new pleading on Twitter:
Here is the full Motion filed by Trump attorney Charles Harder:
$341,559.50 is a lot a motorboating…