TRUMP’S NEW BID TO SCREW STORMY DANIELS!

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DON­ALD Trump is try­ing to screw Stormy Daniels – again – by hit­ting her with bank­ruptcy-sized le­gal fees.

Lawyers for the US pres­i­dent have asked a court for nearly £630,000 in lawyers’ fees and penal­ties from the porn ac­tress over her failed defamation law­suit against him.

At­tor­ney Charles Harder de­fended rack­ing up a £300k le­gal bill for the pres­i­dent and asked for an equal amount in sanc­tions as a de­ter­rent against a “re­peat filer of friv­o­lous defamation cases”.

At a Los An­ge­les court, Judge S James Otero noted that fees by Mr Harder’s firm – as high £660-an-hour – were rea­son­able, but the 580 hours spent on the case ap­peared to be ex­ces­sive and might be trimmed in his even­tual award.

The judge did not in­di­cate how he felt about the re­quested penal­ties but asked whether lawyers’ fees alone would serve as a de­ter­rent.

Mr Harder had not put a dol­lar fig­ure on sanc­tions he sought be­fore the hear­ing, and Ms Daniels’ lawyer Michael Ave­natti ob­jected, call­ing it “ab­surd and out­ra­geous”.

“You can’t just pick a num­ber out of thin air in an ef­fort to put my client un­der Don­ald Trump’s thumb and in­tim­i­date her,” Mr Ave­natti said.

Ms Daniels – real name Stephanie Clif­ford – al­leges she had a one-night af­fair with Mr Trump in 2006.

She sued him ear­lier this year seek­ing to break a non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment she signed SLAPPED: Trump ( wants Stormy ( to pay le­gal fees days be­fore the 2016 elec­tion about the tryst as part of a £100k hush money set­tle­ment.

The Pres­i­dent has de­nied the af­fair, but es­sen­tially ac­knowl­edges the pay­ment to Ms Daniels.

De­spite the deal to stay quiet, Ms Daniels spoke out pub­licly.

She has also ap­pealed Judge Otero’s de­ci­sion and Mr Ave­natti said he ex­pects to pre­vail at a higher court.

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