A federal judge tossed out a defamation lawsuit from porn star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying that words used by the president in a tweet directed at Daniels constituted, The Daily Wire reported. “‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States.”
CNN noted that “Daniels sued Trump after he said Daniels’ story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was ‘a total con job.'”
“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 U.S.,” U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said in a ruling Monday, as Bloombergreported. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
As Fox News previously reported, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president in April over a tweet in which he denied her claims of being threatened by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, filed an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals soon after Otero’s ruling.
“Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance,” Avenatti posted on Twitter. “We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal.”
In another tweet, Avenatti said, “Be clear – even assuming Trump is owed attys fees from the defamation case (if he wins the appeal), they will be dwarfed by the fees he and Cohen will be required to pay in connection with the NDA case. Not even close. Yet more ‘winning’ from Trump.”
The case is separate from another pending suit Daniels filed to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement she said she signed in exchange for $130,000 to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. The president has denied the affair, and his attorneys said in September they don’t intend to enforce the agreement, according to USA Today.
Be clear – even assuming Trump is owed attys fees from the defamation case (if he wins the appeal), they will be dwarfed by the fees he and Cohen will be required to pay in connection with the NDA case. Not even close. Yet more “winning” from Trump.
Since the ruling Avenatti’s Twitter feed has positively exploded in a series of triggered tweets. He’s ranted about being called a ‘porn lawyer’ and even tried to start his own trend by calling the President a ‘porn president’ and asking followers to share his inflammatory accusation.
Avenatti also accused Trump participated in multiple marital affairs with porn stars without the use of protection. Isn’t that defamation of character? Some of the lawyer’s tweets have been deleted no sooner than he has posted them but if you get a chance you should take a look at his account before he has a chance to remove them all.