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Judge ‘orders Donald Trump to pay legal fees to porn star Stormy Daniels’

A judge has ordered US President Donald Trump to pay $43,000 in legal fees to porn star Stormy Daniels, lawyers representing her have said.

Trial lawyer Clark Brewster tweeted the Monday filing from the California Superior Court on Friday, which has since been retweeted by their client.

"Yup. Another win! #teamstormy," the 41-year-old porn star, born Stephanie Clifford, said late Friday night.

Judge Robert Broadbelt III ruled that Clifford was entitled to legal fees, finding her the "prevailing party" under California law, despite her case against Trump getting dismissed, CNN reports.

The judge also dismissed an argument by Trump's attorneys that the President was not liable for the fees because he had not signed the non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

Broadbelt wrote that because of the reimbursement from Trump to Cohen and because Trump's legal team had argued that the defamation suit filed by Daniels should have been handled by the arbitrator of the NDA, Trump was an effective member of the agreement.

Daniels' affair with Trump allegedly took place in 2006, soon after his son Barron was born. Trump has denied the affair.

Monday's ruling awards Daniels for fees tied to the alleged 2016 payoff, which Michael Cohen had testified was in the amount of $130,000 and arranged by Trump's former lawyer.

After suing Trump in March 2018, Daniels wrote a tell-all book and became a household name as she went into great detail about the affair.

The porn star was then ordered to pay close to $300,000 after her libel suit against the president was thrown out by a judge.

The suit had been based on the denial of the alleged affair, the New York Daily News reports.

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