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Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Against Trump, Orders Her to Pay His Legal Fees

On Monday, a federal district court judge in California ruled to dismiss Stormy Daniels‘ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, and ordered the adult film star to pay his legal fees.

Daniels filed her lawsuit against Trump in response to this tweet calling into question her claim a man threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the president:

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero dismissed the case on the grounds that the tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole” rather than defamation and Daniels claimed.

Trump lawyer Charles Harder released a statement noting that with the lawsuit’s dismissal, the president is entitled to compensation for his legal fees.

“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Harder said.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ legal representative, referred the the judge’s ruling as “limited” and said that his client’s other claims against Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen will “proceed unaffected”:

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This story is developing and we shall update accordingly.

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