President Donald Trump has emerged victorious as a federal judge on Monday dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against him.
Judge James Otero also ruled Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, must pay Trump’s attorney fees.
Donald Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, issued a statement:
“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels.”
Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, responded on Twitter, saying:
“Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance. We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal.”
The adult entertainer sued Donald Trump in April claiming he defamed her when he tweeted about the sketch artist’s rendition of the man Daniels claimed harassed her years ago.
President Trump tweeted on April 18,
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total can job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
In her lawsuit, Daniels claimed, “Mr. Trump’s statement falsely attacks the veracity of Ms. Clifford’s account of the threatening incident that took place in 2011. It also operates to accuse Ms. Clifford of committing a crime under New York law, as well as the law of numerous other states, in that it effectively states that Ms. Clifford falsely accused an individual of committing a crime against her when no such crime occurred. Mr. Trump’s statement is false and defamatory.”
The judge suggested Trump’s tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole” rather than defamation.