Donald Trump’s Golf club in BedminsterNew Jersey, paid $82,500 last week to settle a lawsuit alleging the company silenced a sexually harassed waitress by tricking her into an unfair hush-money deal, according to the former employee’s lawyer.

But the strangely worded contract left the former president’s own lawyer Alina Habba– a rising star in its orbit – that is at risk of being sued itself.

Trump and his top advisers are already one Magnet for legal problems. Habba, who was already a Discrimination lawsuit from her former legal secretary, is no exception. But now she faces the wrath of Alice Bianco, who was once a waitress at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, the real estate tycoon’s summer home.

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Bianco feels betrayed by Habba, who was one of her regulars at Bedminster until, according to her lawsuit, Habba posed as a concerned friend who gave legal advice about how to address alleged sexual harassment by a supervisor – only to then to abuse this relationship and “deceptively introduce” it. “quickly agreeing to unscrupulous and illegal conditions.”

The alleged ploy, which unfolded rapidly in just two weeks, gave Habba the opportunity to arrange a hush-money deal that would curry her favor with the former president and gain her entry into his inner circle.

Within a month of working on the August 2021 hush money deal, Habba quickly became Trump’s lead lawyer, defending him from attack sexual assault Defamation case from former apprentice Candidate Summer Zervos – replacing Trump’s nationally known lawyer in the case. This case was later dropped.

The toxic Bedminster nondisclosure agreement scandal threatens to unravel the seemingly strange origin story of a little-understood, up-and-coming lawyer who suddenly became legal counsel to the former and possibly future president – just as he is about to do four criminal charges and cases that strive to do so empty its considerable Bank accounts.

Bianco is now preparing to sue the club again, this time for sexual harassment. But according to Bianco’s New Jersey attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, she is also targeting Habba with a possible fraud lawsuit.

The four-page settlement that Bianco signed on March 4 reads like a total victory for the disgruntled ex-employee. She gets to keep the measly $15,000 hush money payment she received in 2021 for concealing how a boss repeatedly intimidated and pressured her into sleeping with him. Her attorney will receive $82,500 for briefly litigating the case. Either side can tear up the one-sided NDA. And the club does not admit that he “committed fraud” to lure them into a shady deal.

But then out of nowhere comes this line: “The parties agree that Alina Habba has no involvement in this publication.” This means that Habba was specifically left out of the deal, allowing Bianco to sue her directly over the exact same issues.

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Bianco’s lawyer said the line was included to ensure Habba wasn’t let off the hook.

“My client is certainly considering suing her for fraud,” Smith said last week, noting that she is already communicating with Habba’s attorney.

Habba’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment on Monday, nor did Habba.

The news is sure to fuel a popular online meme claiming that MAGA stands for both “Make America Great Again” and its comical alternative: Make lawyers lawyers.

Rudy Giuliani has lost his law license in two jurisdictions for promoting Trump’s bogus election fraud claims. M Evan Corcoran had to withdraw from defending Trump after a judge ruled that he had hoarded secret documents at Mar-a-Lago handed him his notes to federal prosecutors. Political advisor Boris Epshtyn appears to be named as a co-conspirator in the Fulton County District Attorney’s case against Trump for election interference.

Now Habba faces potential consequences – to her professional qualifications and her own bank accounts – for organizing a tiny settlement that was being torn apart.

“We got everything we wanted. We asked to cancel the agreement and not pay it back. I didn’t want her to pay me a cent. So we got that. And she still has the right to sue Alina Habba for fraud. And she has the right to sue the club for sexual harassment,” Smith said.

In her now-concluded legal battle against the club, Bianco pointed out how Habba quickly gained her trust, allegedly putting himself in a position to prey on the unsuspecting 21-year-old woman. At the time, the young waitress had just hired a lawyer to help her navigate an increasingly dangerous workplace situation in which a manager tried to pressure her into sex.

Text messages entered into evidence in the lawsuit show Habba began texting her “Hello dear!” at noon on July 28, 2021. It’s Alina, I wanted to check on you.” Within hours, Habba began throwing shade at Bianco’s lawyer, telling her to be “careful” with “that guy.” Days later, they met several times in her office down the street and in her car to discuss a quickly drawn up nondisclosure agreement.

Bianco’s lawsuit alleges that when they met in Habba’s car, the lawyer tried to temper Bianco’s expectations by telling her, “You don’t want to go public with this, I was raped, I can help you, I can.” can protect you.” ”

That nondisclosure agreement ended up being a one-sided deal that netted Bianco $15,000, but only on the condition that she didn’t mention it to anyone – not even another lawyer for verification – lest she lose everything and $1,000 per day as punishment for speaking out. It was a paltry sum, especially for a deal that spared Trump from embarrassment at a time when he had just taken office as president.

But as April rolled around eight months later and Bianco found out she had to pay income taxes that would significantly reduce the already tiny settlement, text messages show the lawyer pulling off an epic act of disappearance.

“Once again, I am so grateful for everything you have already helped me with,” Bianco wrote. “I’m so sorry to bother you at the concert so you can take care of it tomorrow when you have the chance.”

“I technically can’t give you legal advice,” Habba replied. “That’s the problem.”

Habba referred her to Trump’s corporate headquarters regarding salary issues. A week later, Bianco asked her for a quick FaceTime video call.

“I really can’t give legal advice,” Habba replied.

What Habba didn’t say was that she was already representing Trump in April 2022 against his cousin Mary Trump and The New York Times for its journalists’ award-winning investigation of his taxes, anti-MAGA protesters, the was beaten up from his corporate security people in front of Trump Tower and the New York Attorney General who is investigating him Bank fraud.

Bianco’s lawsuit against Trump National Golf Club Bedminster moved quickly to court, lasting just three months, from late November 2023 to early March of this year. In court papers, Bianco said the club tricked them “by using Habba as its Trojan agent.”

From the beginning of the proceedings, Trump Bedminster immediately distanced himself from Habba. Defense attorney Jennifer L. Ward called the lawsuit a series of “attempts to hold the club accountable for Ms. Habba’s representations.” It rejected the notion that there was an “employee relationship between Ms Habba and the club”.

“MS. Habba was merely a ‘member of the club,'” Ward wrote.

Ward also thought it was “a big, perverse step” to believe that Habba must have betrayed Bianco by secretly working for the club because of her friendship with the former president.

And yet, as Bianco’s lawyer explained in court documents, Habba knew.

“How did Habba know that? [the club] would pay $15,000 [Bianco] if she didn’t act [the club’s] Names? The fact that Habba handed over a check [the club] “To the extent that she has proposed is a clear expression of the authority given to her,” Smith later replied.

The club downplayed Bianco’s fears of retaliation for his comments as hypothetical and even attempted to send the lawsuit to arbitration – private courts, which are generally business-friendly venues – but was still willing to delete the part of the NDA that penalizes it would woman who spoke up. But it refused to tear up the NDA without also requiring Bianco to hand over the $15,000 in hush money.

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The club made a quick U-turn last month, reaching an agreement on the same day its lawyers were due to argue the matter in court.

Habba has already earned a unique reputation as Trump’s representative Lawyer made for TV in court, drawing of the anger from colleagues from the former president’s extensive legal team asking questions her legal acumensaid a half-dozen people who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.

In Florida, a federal judge held Habba personally responsible for a “reckless” Trump revenge suit against Hillary Clinton and she sanctioned Total $937,989. In New York, another federal judge barked at her when she brought the same attack dog antics she does on Newsmax into his courtroom.

But by aggressively defending her client, Habba has assumed some of her client’s liability. With just a few weeks until the possible start of the first-ever criminal trial against Trump – ironically involving another hush money payment – Habba is now under the microscope for standing idly by while your other Trumpworld customer committed perjury. She is facing legal action in New York for allowing Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, to lie in court and in two depositions without correcting the record.

But she’s now facing a possible bar complaint in New Jersey, too, from a despised waitress she considered a friend.

“She has her voice back, that’s why she came to me. She was illegally silenced and can now speak whenever she wants,” Smith said.

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