Judge tosses Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump

Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump, orders her to pay legal fees

Judge S. James Otero issued the order Monday, allowing President Trump to seek money to cover attorneys' fees if he so chooses.

Ms Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said they would appeal against the decision.

President Trump introduced a new nickname for Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who claims she had an affair with him, calling her "horseface" in a Tuesday tweet about a federal judge throwing out her defamation lawsuit against him.

"If this Court were to prevent Mr. Trump from engaging in this type of "rhetorical hyperbole" against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the President", the judge wrote.

Daniels did eventually speak publicly about her relationship with Trump.

Daniels argued in the lawsuit that Trump had defamed her by accusing of fabricating the alleged crime and demanded $75,000 as compensation.

Even more recently, Otero said that Trump's use of the insult "con job" to describe the sketch of "a nonexistent man" who Daniels claimed threatened her in a parking lot "appear [ed] to be rhetorical hyperbole by a public official involving a public figure", as opposed to actual defamation.

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"Mr. Trump used his national and global audience of millions of people to make a false factual statement to denigrate and attack Ms. Clifford", the federal court complaint said at the time.

Avenatti blasted Trump as a "disgusting misogynist" and "an embarrassment to the United States" over his degrading comments toward Daniels.

Ms Daniels then released a sketch of the man.

In addition to dismissing the lawsuit, Otero ruled Trump is entitled to attorney's fees.

She claims Trump lied when responding to her allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped her in 2007.

He said he had paid them at Trump's request.

He says there's no way to characterize Monday's ruling in any other way than a total victory for President Trump and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels. Trump has denied that ever happened, but he did finally admit - after first denying it - to reimbursing his lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment made to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election.

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