The lawsuit was dismissed today in federal court and a judge awarded Trump attorneys fees.
Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, issued a statement saying, “No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels.”
Avenatti responded on Twitter, writing, “Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance. We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal.”
On April 18, Trump wrote, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total can job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
In her lawsuit, Daniels claimed, “Mr. Trump’s statement falsely attacks the veracity of Ms. Clifford’s account of the threatening incident that took place in 2011. It also operates to accuse Ms. Clifford of committing a crime under New York law, as well as the law of numerous other states, in that it effectively states that Ms. Clifford falsely accused an individual of committing a crime against her when no such crime occurred. Mr. Trump’s statement is false and defamatory.”
Daniels claims she had “been exposed to death threats and other threats of physical violence, causing her both emotional and economic damages.”
She was seeking damages in excess of $75,000.