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Trump Campaign Ordered to Pay Omarosa Manigault Newman $1.3 Million in Legal Fees

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Kisha Smith

Former President Donald Trump has truly met his match with Omarosa Manigault Newman who scored yet another victory against her former boss. Trump was ordered to pay up $1.3 million in legal fees to his former employee over contents in her best-selling book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, documenting her time as an advisor to the President and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

In 2018, the campaign filed a complaint with the American Arbitration Association alleging Newman violated her non-disclosure agreement—an agreement that was found to be invalid under New York law— and that the book was full of lies.

In the book, Manigault Newman accused Trump of using racial slurs and alluded to his being in serious mental decline.

The arbiter assigned to the dispute rejected the Trump campaign’s assertions that Manigault Newman she had violated the agreement, deciding instead to award her $1,293,568.75 for attorney’s fees and $17,304.73 for costs, for a total award of $1,310,873.48.

She had initially sought upwards of $3.4 million in attorney’s fees and costs.

In a statement, Manigault Newman’s lawyer John Phillips said the decision was the “largest known attorney fee award against a Political Campaign or President we can find and hopefully will send a message that weaponized litigation will not be tolerated and empower other lawyers to stand up and fight for the whistleblower and vocal critic against the oppressive machine.”


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