Trump calls Stormy Daniels "Horseface" in tweet celebrating court throwing out suit

Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump orders her to pay president's legal fees

Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump, orders her to pay legal fees

"Order granting defendant Donald J. Trump's special motion to dismiss/strike the complaint", the court filing said.

A US judge on Monday dismissed adult film actress Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump and ordered her to pay his attorney's fees, saying a tweet the president had written referring to her was protected by free-speech laws.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus" on October 11 in Berlin.

Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles had indicated during a late September hearing that he was skeptical of Daniels's claim on First Amendment grounds.

The president is entitled to legal fees from the plaintiff for bringing forth the lawsuit.

The amount will be determined later, Harder said.

Trump doesn't have anything on his public schedule today, so he made the most of his executive time by getting on Twitter to gloat over the news - calling Daniels "Horseface," and trashing her "3rd rate lawyer".

Daniels, in an exclusive "60 Minutes" interview, said a man threatened her for going public about the alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

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Ms Daniels then released a sketch of the man.

Lawyers for Trump and Cohen now say the deal that paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet was invalid, and they won't sue her for breaking it. Trump's attorney said the president never considered himself as a party to the agreement and doesn't dispute Daniels' assertion that the contract isn't valid.

In the April 2018 tweet, Trump said "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man".

Although Cohen did not name the women, they were believed to be Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

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"Daniels' other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected".

Separately, Trump was sued for defamation in 2017 by Summer Zervos, who was a contestant on Trump's former reality TV show "The Apprentice". "Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti wrote in a tweet that he appears to have later deleted.

United States media reported in September that Trump would provide sworn written responses in the case.

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