Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation case against Trump

West Hollywood Mayor John Duran left Stormy Daniels center and attorney Michael Avenatti attend a ceremony for Daniels receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday

West Hollywood Mayor John Duran left Stormy Daniels center and attorney Michael Avenatti attend a ceremony for Daniels receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday

She was discussing the way the president reportedly directed Eric Trump to handle the legal response to the claims and lawsuit brought by Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the real estate mogul was a "con job".

Trump and his team countered Ms Daniels' accusations by claiming her story was a fabrication.

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

On Monday a federal judge dismissed the defamation lawsuit against the president.

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.

The judge awarded Trump reasonable attorney's fees.

In dismissing the suit, the judge said Mr. Trump's tweet was a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary.

File Trump Told Son Lawyers to Keep Stormy Daniels Quiet About Affair- Report
File Trump Told Son Lawyers to Keep Stormy Daniels Quiet About Affair- Report

The case is Clifford v. Trump, 18-cv-06893, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April.

He said: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

Trump attorney Charles Harder cheered Otero's decision and said the amount of legal fees owed would be determined later. Judge's limited ruling: Daniels' other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected.

"Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti said in a tweet on Monday.

Mr Cohen paid Ms Daniels $130,000 in "hush-money", but claimed he paid this out of his own funds and Trump has no knowledge of the exchange.

Upon unveiling the sketch, Stormy's lawyer, Avenatti, said they would pay a $100,000 reward for the identity of the man, and asked for tips to be sent to IDTheThug@gmail.com.

Daniels said the man approached her as she was getting her infant daughter out of the vehicle to attend a mommy-and-me exercise class. He said he made the payments at Mr Trump's request.

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