A defamation lawsuit filed by adult film actor Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump has been dismissed by a federal court, with the judge saying the tweet at the heart of the case was protected by free speech laws.
As Fox News previously reported, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president in April over a tweet in which he denied her claims of being threatened by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011.
The defamation claim is separate from another lawsuit that Daniels filed against Trump, which is continuing.
He also declared that, as she lost, Ms Daniels must pay Trump's legal fees.
"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", Judge Otero said Monday in his 14-page ruling (read it here). Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump's then-personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not.
"The First Amendment (of the US Constitution) protects this type of rhetorical statement".
"Mr. Trump's tweet displays an incredulous tone, suggesting that the content of his tweet was not meant to be understood as a literal statement about the plaintiff", the ruling states.
The president's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in August to campaign finance violations in the form of hush payments during the 2016 campaign to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump.
"Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti said in a tweet on Monday.
"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", Harder said.
The lawyer explained that Daniels had looked at photos of a number of individuals "we believe indirectly" worked for Trump and Cohen, Avenatti said.
Fox, who has written a book on the Trump family, pointed out that the president's involvement of Eric in the Daniels affair was a stunning move - one that shows a callousness and a disregard for his son's wellbeing.