A US federal judge has dismissed and thrown out Stormy Daniels defamatory lawsuit against President Donald Trump, as the adult film star and her lawyer were ordered to pay all legal fees incurred by Donald Trump in the case.
The defamatory lawsuit started when Stormy Daniels sued Trump after he said in a tweet that her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was “a total con job.”
Trump allegedly said this, even with a photo to shame the adult film star.
The verdict has been attracting alot of reactions especially from the Trump’s camp, as the mock the actress and her “GoFundMe” campaign who sponored her case, saying now they will have to pay that money into Trump’s account!
Trump’s lawyer in their arguments, asked Otero to dismiss the lawsuit, to which he agrees with them, having listened to all sides. He said:
“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. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement,” he said.
According to report, Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says she and Trump had an affair in 2006, after he married first lady Melania Trump and she gave birth to their son, Barron. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.
Daniels is also suing Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen over the $130,000 payment made to her to keep silent about the alleged affair in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. The ruling on Monday plays no role in that case, which continues to work its way through the court system.
In addition to dismissing the lawsuit, Otero ruled Trump is entitled to attorney’s fees.
Trump’s attorney Charles J. Harder after the case, said:
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.”
“The amount of the award for President Trump’s attorneys’ fees will be determined at a later date,” Harder added.