Donald Trump, Michael Avenatti in Twitter tiff over Stormy Daniels' defamation ruling


Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus" on October 11 in Berlin. "We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal".

When Daniels confirmed the leaked story of her alleged affair with President Trump, she only "wanted to set the record straight and not be bullied", she told The Cut in an interview published Sunday.

The lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

"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".

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.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

"Game on, Tiny", she tweeted, apparently referring to the president's penis, which she infamously compared to "the mushroom character in "Mario Kart" in her recently released memoir Full Disclosure.

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He noted "if this court were to prevent Mr Trump from engaging in this type of "rhetorical hyperbole" against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the president".

She said Trump's tweets made her look like a liar.

Otero ruled that the billionaire Trump is entitled to have his lawyers' fees paid as part of the ruling. Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump's then-personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not.

Avenatti blasted Trump as a "disgusting misogynist" and "an embarrassment to the United States" over his degrading comments toward Daniels. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it!)", Trump tweeted.

She claims Trump lied when responding to her allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped her in 2007.

Charles Harder, Trump's lawyer, said the amount of the award for Trump's attorneys' fees would be determined later.