POW! Trump hit with massive NDA settlement with former campaign staffer
Donald Trump is notoriously litigious, but this time the shoe is on the other foot. The ex-President’s legal team has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle an NDA lawsuit involving former 2016 Trump campaign staffer, Jessica Denson.
Denson accused the campaign of trying to silence her after allegations of sexual discrimination and harassment.
The settlement could render over 422 nondisclosure agreements mandated by ex-President Trump effectively moot, Rolling Stone reported.
“Thanks to the court, this is another victory for truth and transparency,” Denson crowed. “The Trump Campaign can hide nothing now, not even the real price they’ve agreed to pay for our tireless and victorious battle against their forced silence.”
Though not uncommon in corporate and political worlds, NDAs can be a double-edged sword when it comes to blowing the whistle on discriminatory practices happening in the office — or on the campaign trail — leaving subordinates and those with minimal power or status with little recourse.
District Judge Paul Gardephe has yet to stamp his seal of approval on the proposed settlement, though he’s acknowledged that the Trump campaign’s language on its required NDAs was ambiguous at best.
Denson’s legal team has also requested that the presiding judge certify the civil complaint to cover former staffers covered under the financial deal.
In late January, a District Court judge for the District of Columbia, Todd Edelman, ruled that former Trump advisor, Steve Bannon, must be deposed in Ms. Denson’s ongoing sexual discrimination lawsuit against the former President’s 2016 campaign.
According to the staffer, she worked closely with Bannon who allegedly ripped up a subpoena in an act of defiance.
Donald Trump has been on an extended streak of losing as court after court sides with those on the other side of the legal aisle.
The former President recently withdrew two complaints aimed at slowing the momentum of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil suit and investigation into the Trump Organization, after Trump and his attorney, Alina Habba, were fined nearly $1 million combined for continuous and frivolous abuses of the country’s legal system and judicial process.
In late January, Trump’s campaign agreed not to hold former staffers – paid and unpaid – to the restrictive NDAs.
Original reporting by Charisma Madarang at Rolling Stone.
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