Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on March 4, 2023. According to reports on Thursday, March 7, 2024, Trump has been ordered to pay a $382,000 legal bill to a company founded by a former British spy that he unsuccessfully sued for making what his lawyer called “shocking and scandalous” false claims. (Alex Brandon/AP) Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2024-03-07/trump-382k-legal-fees-steele-dossier-lawsuit-13242193.html Source - Stars and Stripes

Trump is ordered to pay $382K in legal fees after failed lawsuit over the Steele dossier

By BRIAN MELLEY ASSOCIATED PRESS |

LONDON — Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been ordered to pay a six-figure legal bill to a company founded by a former British spy that he unsuccessfully sued for making what his lawyer called “shocking and scandalous” false claims that harmed his reputation.

A London judge, who threw out the case against Orbis Business Intelligence last month saying it was “bound to fail,” ordered Trump to pay legal fees of roughly $382,000, according to court documents released Thursday.

Orbis was founded by Christopher Steele, who once ran the Russia desk for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6.

The British court case was one of few in which Trump, who is almost sure to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, was not a defendant as he faces massive legal problems back home.

Trump is charged in four criminal cases and faces a civil complaint in U.S. courts. He lost a subsequent defamation case in which a jury found him liable for sexual abuse, and has been ordered to pay $355 million after a fraud verdict against his businesses. In England, he had gone on the offensive and sued Orbis.

Steele was paid by Democrats for research that included salacious allegations Russians could potentially use to blackmail Trump. The so-called Steele dossier assembled in 2016 created a political storm just before Trump’s inauguration with rumors and uncorroborated allegations that have since been largely discredited.

Trump sued the company, saying the dossier was phony and Orbis had violated British data protection laws. Attorney Hugh Tomlinson said at an October hearing that the former president “suffered personal and reputational damage and distress” over claims in the dossier that he’d taken part in “sex parties” in St. Petersburg and consorted with sex workers in Moscow.

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