Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Trump In Stormy Daniels Defamation Lawsuit

Frederick Owens
Октября 16, 2018

A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the adult film actress's lawyer released.

Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - still has a separate lawsuit against the president linked to $130,000 in hush money she was paid by Trump's lawyer shortly before the November 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

At the time, Trump tweeted about Daniels' claims, calling the allegation "a total con job" and "playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

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 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.

"The amount of the award for President Trump's attorney's fees will be determined at a later date", he added.

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She also pointed out that if she had gone to the police a public record would have been produced and she likely would have had to explain that she had a previous alleged sexual encounter with Trump, which is why the threat took place.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have slept with U.S. President Donald Trump over a decade ago, talks with a journalist during an interview in Berlin last week. "The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement".

In his ruling, Otero ruled that Mr. Trump's tweet was protected by freedom of speech. 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".

"Mr. Trump used his national and worldwide audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford", the federal court complaint said at the time. "Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti wrote on Twitter, saying he was "confident in a reversal".

Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, want the court to toss out the litigation as moot.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with President Trump (seen above in Georgia on Monday) in 2006 and sued him in April.

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