A United States judge has dismissed adult film actress Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump and ordered her to pay his lawyer's fees, saying a tweet the President had written referring to her was protected by free speech laws.
Daniels sued Trump in April after he expressed skepticism about her claim that a man threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair between her and Trump in 2006.
James Otero in Los Angeles dismissed Daniels' lawsuit against Trump, calling his tweet "rhetorical hyperbole normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States", according to the ruling obtained by CNN. "The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement", Otero wrote.
The amount Ms Daniels will have to pay Mr Trump has not yet been decided, Charles Harder, the president's lawyer, said.
Daniels filed the lawsuit earlier this year after she spoke about her claims that a man had made a threat against her if she spoke about her alleged affair with Trump to the media.
In a statement of his own, Avenatti took issue with the characterization of his client's loss in this case as a "total defeat" for her and a "total victory" for Trump, given that this was only one of the cases that Daniels had brought against Trump, with the main case still in play.
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"The amount of the award for President Trump's attorneys' fees will be determined at a later date".
That did not prevent Avenatti from responding via his social media account. "We are confident in a reversal".
Daniels' lawsuit over a hush-money deal is pending.
'We want to get to the bottom of who this is, and we think we know who this is, but we want to confirm it, ' Avenatti told The View's audience.
Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, want the court to toss out the litigation as moot. Cohen had threatened to sue her for $20 million.
President Donald Trump has scored his first major legal victory against adult film actress Stormy Daniels. After her lawyer released a composite sketch of the man, Trump accused Clifford in an April tweet of "a total con job" concerning a "nonexistent man". 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.