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Stormy Daniels Ordered To Pay Nearly $300K For Trump's Legal Fees

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As if he needs financial help

Stormy Daniels will have to pay nearly $300,000 for Trump's legal fees after her defamation lawsuit was tossed back in October.

The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge James Otero on Tuesday, ordering Daniels to pay about $293,000 in fees, costs, and sanctions to Trump following the suit, which argued that a tweet from Trump's Twitter account served as a defamation of her character. Otero ruled in October that the tweet, which called her allegations against him a "total con job," was protected under the First Amendment.

According to The New York Times, Trump and his lawyers actually sought to get $389,000 from her to cover legal costs, but Otero lowered the request because he felt that Trump's team spent an "excessive" amount of time on the case. "Ultimately, Defendant's counsel did not need to spend as much time as they did conducting legal research and compiling factual exhibits that would not properly be before this Court," Otero wrote.

Charles Hader, one of Trump's attorneys, said in a statement that this outcome along with the October ruling "constitute a total victory for the president, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case." Surprisingly, Trump has yet to tweet about his alleged "victory."

Daniels' lawyer has filed two other lawsuits against Trump—one which seeks to void a 2006 nondisclosure agreement that prevented Daniels from talking about her alleged affair with Trump and the second that claims that Daniels' previous lawyer conspired with Trump and his lawyer to keep her quiet.

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Delevingne shared why they chose now

Last week, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson officially confirmed the rumor that they're dating, with Delevingne posting an Instagram video of the two of them kissing. Now, in a new interview, she revealed why they confirmed the rumors. Basically, it was in celebration of Pride.

In the interview with E! News at the TrevorLIVE Gala, Delevingne was asked why the pair chose this moment to take their relationship public, and she answered: "Because it is Pride, it's been 50 years since Stonewall happened, and I don't know... It's been just about our one year anniversary so, why not?"

Why not, indeed? Delevingne also said that the kissing video was "just a little something," which makes sense. After all, the couple were recently spotted lugging around a kinky sex bench, so some simple kissing must feel pretty elementary.

At the Gala, Delevingne shouted out Benson during her speech too, though not by name. "I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are," she said. "She's one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought." I'm swooning.

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