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

Hugh Fox
October 16, 2018

Avenatti has rocketed to popularity as an attorney for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, and has billed himself as a thorn in the side of the Trumps. "We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal", he tweeted.

She alleged a man approached her in a Las Vegas auto park in 2011 and threatened her after she agreed to talk about her experience with Trump in an interview.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against President Trump by adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed the president had defamed her earlier this year on Twitter.

"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", US District Court Judge Otero said in his opinion. "The First Amendment protects this kind of rhetorical statement", the judge wrote in his verdict.

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

"Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump", the president tweeted. Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump's then-personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not.

Daniels also tweeted in response, saying Trump is has demonstrated a hatred of women in his tweet.

Mr Trump denies he had an affair but acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for a $130,000 (€112,000) payment made to Ms Daniels.

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Daniels said the man approached her as she was getting her infant daughter out of the vehicle to attend a mommy-and-me exercise class.

She claims Trump lied when responding to her allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped her in 2007. In a March interview with CBS's "60 Minutes", said she met Trump at a July 2006 golf tournament and had consensual sex with him in his hotel suite.

The White House and Charles Harder, Trump's lawyer in the Daniels case, had no comment on the vile tweet today. The US president called Daniels' story of being threatened a "total con job" and "Fake News".

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