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Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against Trump may be dismissed

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Stormy Daniels may have her defamation lawsuit against
Donald Trump thrown out.

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  • Porn star Stormy Daniels sued Donald Trump for
    defamation earlier this year.
  • It came after she described being threatened with physical
    violence in Las Vegas in 2011, weeks after she
    agreed to tell the media about her alleged affair with
    Trump.
  • In response, Trump implied in a tweet that she was “a total
    con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools.”
  • She said this tweet portrayed her as a liar.
  • Trump’s attorney had called for the lawsuit to be
    thrown out because Trump was entitled to free speech.
  • A federal judge in Los Angeles appeared to agree in a
    Monday hearing. 

A federal judge appears ready to dismiss porn star Stormy
Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the
president in federal court in April over his tweet portraying her
as a liar.

Earlier this year Daniels
described being threatened with physical violence
in a Las
Vegas parking lot in 2011, weeks after she agreed to tell a
publication about her alleged affair with Trump, and released a
sketch of the man who she said threatened her.

Trump tweeted in response that the man was “nonexistent” and
implied that Daniels was running “a total con job, playing the
Fake News Media for Fools.”

Daniels’ attorneys said the tweet portrayed her as a liar.
Trump’s attorneys asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing
that the “suit is designed to
chill the President’s free speech rights
on matter of public
opinion.”

It appears that the judge might come down on Trump’s side.

During a hearing in Los Angeles on Monday, Judge S. James Otero
said according to Reuters: 

“The question is whether the tweet by the president is protected
communication or political hyperbole and non-defamatory on its
face.

“He’s a public official, he’s president of the United States, so
it doesn’t get much higher than that.

“It’s free speech by a public official on a matter of public
concern.”


Donald Trump
Donald Trump.
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Otero did not say when he would rule on the case. Daniels’
lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he expected Otero to make a ruling
within days and that he would appeal of the case was thrown out.

Daniels is also suing to be released from a non-disclosure
agreement that prohibits her from talking about her affair with
Trump, which she alleges took place in 2006.

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