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Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation case against Trump

16 October 2018
Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation case against Trump

The judge said that Trump and his team have 14 days to file a motion to seek said fees.

On Monday a federal judge dismissed the defamation lawsuit against the president. "The amount of the award for President Trump's attorneys' fees will be determined at a later date". Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump's then-personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not.

A U.S. judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Daniels said the man approached her as she was getting her infant daughter out of the auto to attend a mommy-and-me exercise class.

Daniels' lawyer has said he will appeal the decision.

In his ruling, Judge S. James Otero said Trump's tweet was protected by freedom of speech.

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

A judgment released in the Central District of California court, referring to Ms Daniels as the plaintiff, states: "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". "Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti tweeted following news of the ruling.

In September, Cohen's lawyer said that, following the August guilty plea, Cohen provided "critical information" to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded.

Avenatti on Monday said the ruling did not affect his client's other claims against Trump or the president's former lawyer Michael Cohen and said he would appeal the dismissal. But now, Daniels, an adult film actress and director, says people think she's "in charge of saving the world", and it's become an "emotionally overwhelming" duty. 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".