Stormy Daniels filed a defamation suit against President Donald Trump after he mocked her over a sketch of an alleged suspect who threatened her in a parking lot.
Many thought the man Daniels tweeted out looked very similar to her ex-husband.
The U.S. District Judge dismissed the case on grounds President Trump’s tweet was “rhetorical hyperbole,” not defamatory as Stormy Daniels alleged.
“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 Bloomberg reported. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
The ruling also stated Trump is “entitled to an award of his attorneys’ fees” against Daniels, the president’s attorney Charles Harder said in a statement.
The Washington Examiner reports that President Donald Trump is seeking $341,559.50 in attorney’s fees from Daniels, according to a court filing on Monday by the president’s attorneys.
The filing in Los Angeles court claimed Stormy Daniels “filed this action, not because it had any merit, but instead for the ulterior purposes of raising her media profile, engaging in political attacks against the president by herself and her attorney, who has appeared on more than 150 national television news interviews attacking the President and now is exploring a run for the presidency himself in 2020.”
In response to the filing, Michael Avenatti told the Examiner “this is a number created out of whole cloth,” while adding, “it is nothing compared to what he will owe my client from the main NDA case.”
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