Federal Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump

Elias Hubbard
October 16, 2018

And after all of that, a federal judge has dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Even more recently, Otero said that Trump's use of the insult "con job" to describe the sketch of "a nonexistent man" who Daniels claimed threatened her in a parking lot "appear [ed] to be rhetorical hyperbole by a public official involving a public figure", as opposed to actual defamation.

Before Daniels' revelation, she'd pack clubs with "middle-aged white guys [who] are usually Trump fans", she said.

In his ruling, Judge S. James Otero said Trump's tweet was protected by freedom of speech. "The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement", Otero wrote.

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The ruling is a blow for Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who has raised a national profile from his legal battles against the president and is contemplating a presidential bid in 2020.

"There is something really rich in Trump relying on the First Amendment to justify defaming a woman", Avenatti added about the decision.

President Trump awarded attorneys' fees in suit dismissal.

The case is Clifford v. Trump, 18-cv-06893, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles). It also calls the lawsuit a "fishing expedition" and finds that Daniels has failed to show that Trump "acted with actual malice or reckless disregard for the truth".

Trump's lawyer Charles Harder celebrated the news.

Lawyers for Trump and Cohen now say the deal that paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet was invalid, and they won't sue her for breaking it. Trump's attorney said the president never considered himself as a party to the agreement and doesn't dispute Daniels' assertion that the contract isn't valid.

A judge has dismissed the lawsuit from adult film worker Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and ordered that she pay the president's attorney's fees.

"Daniels' other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected", Avenatti tweeted.

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