Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump dismissed

Geneva Stokes
October 16, 2018

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.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump suggested that he had learned on Fox News that one of Stormy Daniel's lawsuits against him had been dismissed.

Daniels, who says she and Trump had a brief affair in 2006, has claimed she was approached by a man in 2011 in Las Vegas who told her to "leave Trump alone" and threatened her infant daughter.

Last night, a Federal judge tossed out the defamation lawsuit Daniels' filed against Trump for calling her a "con job" when she recalled being threatened into silence about her alleged liaison with the president.

But the judge ruled that the tweet was protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

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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Ms Daniels, who in August pulled out of an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother following a row with producers, alleges she was paid to remain silent over claims of an affair with Mr Trump.

"No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today's ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels", Charles Harder, Trump's attorney, said in an emailed statement.

Ms Daniels then released a sketch of the man.

'I noticed him because he was sort of well-dressed and nothing about him alarmed me, ' she said in her first live television interview since the hush money payment given to Daniels by President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was unveiled.

President Trump awarded attorneys' fees in suit dismissal.

Avenatti blasted Trump as a "disgusting misogynist" and "an embarrassment to the United States" over his degrading comments toward Daniels.

In the April 2018 tweet, Trump said "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man".

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