Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon points as he leaves the New York Supreme Court after a hearing in New York, U.S., January 12, 2023.
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The law firm that represented Trump’s former adviser Steve Bannon is suing him for nearly $500,000 in unpaid legal bills.
IN the lawsuit filed Friday in New York state court, law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron claims Bannon has an outstanding bill of more than $480,000 for legal services he provided from November 2020 to November 2022.
“This lawsuit simply seeks payment of an outstanding bill for legal services rendered in the amount of $480,487.87 in addition to scheduling a hearing on reasonable attorney’s fees to which DHC is contractually entitled as the prevailing party in this litigation,” the firm’s lawsuit states.
NBC News reached out to Bannon for comment.
The law firm has represented Bannon in some high-profile cases, including when he was subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol in the last Congress and his subsequent trial for defying a subpoena. Bannon was convicted of contempt of Congress last year in this case and was sentenced to four months in prison; will appeal against the judgment.
The firm also represented him in an investigation into allegations that he cheated donors who gave money to build a wall on the southern border of the USA.
Former President Donald Trump pardoned Bannon in the federal border wall case, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office accused Bannon last year on state charges including money laundering, fraud and conspiracy in what prosecutors described as a year-long scheme. Bannon has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In its lawsuit, the law firm claims that Bannon’s legal fees and expansion totaled more than $855,000, and he paid only $375,000 of the total bill.
Robert Costello, a partner at the firm, often represented Bannon, but it’s unclear if he still does. Costello declined NBC News’ request for comment.