A judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump

A judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump

Stormy Daniels's libel lawsuit over a tweet by Donald Trump accusing her of "a total con job" was thrown out by a judge who said the president was engaging in free speech.

The lawsuit from Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, asked for damages stemming from statements from Trump calling her a liar for claims that she was paid to keep quiet about their extramarital relationship before the 2016 election.

Daniels filed the lawsuit earlier this year after she spoke about her claims that a man had made a threat against her if she spoke about her alleged affair with Trump to the media.

Daniels argued Trump's tweet, posted April 18, "attacks the veracity of her account" of the incident and that Trump's statement was "false and defamatory, and that the tweet was defamation. because it charged her with committing a serious crime", District Judge S. James Otero wrote in his opinion Monday.

Those comments, which Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti called defamation, were just politics, the judge ruled.

"There is something really rich in Trump relying on the First Amendment to justify defaming a woman", Avenatti said. On Twitter, he said "Daniels' other claims against Trump and [former Trump attorney Michael] Cohen proceed unaffected".

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"The Court holds that Mr. Trump's tweet is "rhetorical hyperbole" and is protected by the First Amendment", the judge said.

"Having granted the Special Motion [to dismiss] and denied Plaintiff leave to amend, the Court finally holds that Defendant is entitled to attorney's fees", Otero said. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Trump attorney Charles Harder cheered Otero's decision and said the amount of legal fees owed would be determined later.

When Daniels confirmed the leaked story of her alleged affair with President Trump, she only "wanted to set the record straight and not be bullied", she told The Cut in an interview published Sunday.

Daniels had said the agreement should be invalidated because Cohen signed it, but Trump didn't.

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