Central State University alum Omarosa Manigault Newman receives $1.3 million in legal fees in Trump’s NDA lawsuit
Omarosa Manigault Newman will have her legal costs covered after a judge dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against her. Get Cheryl Teh’s full story at Business Intern below.
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 has made the judgementtuesday.
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 one-year 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 memoirs, Manigault Newman also accused Trump of repeatedly saying the ‘N-word’claiming 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 “hoardhouse” of unflattering videos, emails and texts about Trump and threatened to release them if he and his team continued to dispute claimsshe wrote in her book.
Tuesday’s ruling 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 #45 legal team. (David versus 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 would 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.