Stormy Daniels’s libel lawsuit against President Donald Trump got a ruling yesterday. The judge threw out the accusation against the president, saying that the “total con job” tweet was protected by free speech. In fact, Daniels will have to pay ‘reasonable’ attorney’s fees for the whole debacle.
The adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told everyone that she was ‘threatened’ by some man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, for announcing that she’d go public to a magazine about her alleged affair with Trump.
After Michael Avenatti, her ‘Creepy Porn’ lawyer released a composite sketch of the man, Trump tweeted the accusation was “a total con job.”
“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. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
The president’s attorneys said that Clifford wasn’t harmed by the act, but instead had benefited financially from her accusations.
“We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal,” Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said after the verdict was delivered. “There is something really rich in Trump relying on the First Amendment to justify defaming a woman.”
“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,” the president’s attorney, Charles Harder, responded.
His comments may have referred to the fact that Avenatti recently had his accounts frozen by a California judge.
Judge Bauer said that she didn’t want the lawyer to run out and buy a new house while he still owed more than $10 million in taxes and various unpaid debts.”
Avenatti said that he will appeal the decision, but most people recognize that Obama’s buddy is just about to the end of his 15-minutes of fame. In fact, given the recent losses, he may also be out of work for good.