Stormy Daniels may have had the wind knocked out of her lawsuit against Donald Trump.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit Stormy brought against the president accusing him of defamation. The suit in question is a result of a tweet the president sent saying Stormy’s story of a man threatening her to not come forward with details of an alleged affair with Trump was “a total con job.”
In the suit, Stormy’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said the tweet was “false and defamatory,” however District Judge S. James Otero disagreed, writing, “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 United States. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
According to CNN, in addition to dismissing the lawsuit Judge Otero ruled Trump is entitled to attorney’s fees.
The dismissed lawsuit is separate to an additional lawsuit Stormy has filed against the president and his former attorney, Michael Cohen, over a $130,000 hush payment made to stop Stormy from talking about an alleged affair she had with Trump prior to the 2016 election. That lawsuit is continuing to move through the system.