Trump campaign must pay Omarosa’s $1.3 million legal costs

  • The Trump campaign has been charged with paying Omarosa Manigault Newman more than $1.3 million in legal fees.
  • The attorneys’ fees and costs come after a judge overturned a 2018 lawsuit against Manigault Newman.
  • Trump’s team alleged in 2018 that the ex-assistant’s “Unhinged” memoir violated an NDA.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Donald Trump aide turned Trump critic, has been awarded more than $1.3 million for legal fees and expenses stemming from a lawsuit filed against her in 2018 by former President Trump.

The American Arbitration Association issued its judgment on Tuesday.

The Trump campaign sued Manigault Newman in 2018, alleging his 368-page expose — “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” — amounted to the ex-aide breaking his nondisclosure agreement.

“Unhinged” came out after Manigault Newman – who first met Trump as a contestant on his reality show “The Apprentice” – was fired in December 2017 after his year-long stint in the Trump administration.

It contained many embarrassing anecdotes about Trump, including a story about how Manigault Newman once encountered the former president eating a piece of paper in the Oval Office. In his memoir, Manigault Newman also accused Trump of repeatedly saying the ‘N-word’, saying there was a tape from the making of his reality show ‘The Apprentice’ that could prove it. .

Manigault Newman said in 2018 that she had a “treasure trove” of unflattering videos, emails and texts about Trump and threatened to release them if he and his team continued to challenge claims she had made. in his book.

In September 2021, Trump lost the three-year legal battle trying to enforce that nondisclosure agreement with Manigault Newman.

Tuesday’s judgment orders the Trump campaign to pay Manigault Newman a total of $1,293,568.75 for attorney’s fees and $17,304.73 for additional expenses, for a total of $1,310,873.48 . According to the filing, Manigault Newman originally asked to be paid more than $3.4 million. The final price was based on the judge’s calculations of his lawyer’s billable hours.

“Freshman law student against the entire legal team of #45. (David against Goliath)… …Now forgive me as I resume my studies for my final exam in contract law”, Manigault Newman tweeted Wednesday evening in response to the allocation of the sum.

In a statement to CNBC, Manigault Newman’s attorney, John Phillips, said the large sum of attorneys’ fees will hopefully “send a message that armed litigation will not be tolerated.” Phillips added that he hopes the decision “allows other lawyers to stand up and fight for the whistleblower and vocal critic against the oppressive machine.”

“We look forward to receiving a check and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to groups that oppose speech suppression,” Phillips told the outlet.

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