Monday, 17 December, 2018

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against President Trump

Stormy Daniels accompanied by her attorney Michael Avenatti right seen Mon Stormy Daniels accompanied by her attorney Michael Avenatti right seen Mon
Kenny Thornton | 16 October, 2018, 17:57

A U.S. judge has dismissed adult film actress Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump and ordered her to pay his lawyer's fees, saying a tweet the President had written referring to her was protected by free speech laws.

Clifford had filed the suit after Trump dismissed her allegations that she was threatened to not talk about her affair with the United States president, and called it a "total con job".

"The Court agrees with Mr Trump's argument because the tweet in question constitutes "rhetorical hyperbole" normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States", Mr Otero wrote in his ruling.

Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles had indicated during a late September hearing that he was skeptical of Daniels's claim on First Amendment grounds.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Eric Trump's role in legal response to Daniels' claims, which Fox has since confirmed.

A judge threw out Daniels' lawsuit against Trump on Monday and is forcing her to pay his legal bills.

The judge's ruling also entitles Trump to collect attorneys' fees from Daniels, but the amount that Daniels would need to pay will be determined later, Harder said.

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Daniels filed a separate suit against the president and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement in which Cohen paid her $130,000 to remain silent about the alleged affair between Daniels and Trump before the 2016 presidential election. "Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance".

Lawyers for Mr Trump have sought to dismiss both lawsuits.

Michael Avenatti, Clifford's attorney and a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said Clifford would appeal.

"We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation case of action and are confident in a reversal".

That did not prevent Avenatti from responding via his social media account. Avenatti has said he wants to keep the case alive.

Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, sued him in April after he disputed her claim that she was being threatened by a unidentified man in 2011 as "a total con job".

With Daniels' accusation and another he lodged against Kavanaugh, Avenatti has become somewhat of a symbol of the anti-Trump resistance. She said Trump's tweets made her look like a liar.

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