Stormy Daniels' lawyers argue for timely lawyer-fee payments

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus," in Berlin. In a filing on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, attorneys for President Donald Trump notified the court overseeing a settlement between the city of Columbus, Ohio, and porn actress Stormy Daniels of money owed to him by Daniels. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge should grant attorney fees to lawyers who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Ohio's capital city before competing claims on Daniels' $450,000 settlement are dealt with, including a claim by President Donald Trump, Daniels' lawyers argued in a court filing.

A federal judge last year said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, must pay Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed.

Columbus agreed this year to pay Daniels $450,000 over her arrest at a strip club in 2018. In response, lawyers for Trump filed a motion in the court handling Daniels' settlement with the city of Columbus noting that Daniels owes the president $293,052.

Daniels' lawyers said competing claims for settlement dollars don't have an interest “superior to” their own, according to the filing. A claim for $2 million was also made by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who has previously represented Daniels, but that claim was later withdrawn, according to Monday's filing.

Daniels' lawyers didn't say how much their fees would be.

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