Stormy Daniels Devastated as Judge Dismisses Libel Suit Against Trump
Last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California rejected Stephanie Clifford’s libel suit against President Donald Trump.
Clifford, who had gained notoriety for her screen name as an adult film star, Stormy Daniels, faced another crushing defeat in her string of lawsuits against the President. Daniels had previously filed a lawsuit against Trump back in 2018 when he shared a post of her alleged “intimidator.” In a side by side photo, the police sketch bore a striking resemblance to her ex-husband. Trump wrote, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man.” He added, “ A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Daniels claimed that the man in the police sketch had intimated her in a casino parking lot. This came weeks before Daniels publicly revealed that she had an affair with the President.
In her lawsuit, Daniels argued that Trump meant to brand her as a “liar” and hurt her reputation by casting doubt on the validity of her own accusation. Unfortunately, the federal court of appeals ruled in favor of the President. In a nine-page ruling, the court cites “Viewed through the eyes of an objectively reasonable reader, the tweet here reflects Mr. Trump’s opinion about the implications of the allegedly similar appearances.” The judge noted that since the two images were displayed side by side, people are given the right to shrew their own opinion.
In addition, Trump’s legal team also issued a statement arguing that a person’s opinion does not constitute a “factual claim.”
Initially, Daniel’s lawyer argued that the President’s reference to the term “con-job” is a direct accusation that the adult film star was engaged in criminal activity. However, the Judges disagreed saying that the remark can be interpreted as a “colorful expression.”
Late last year, Daniels was also ordered to pay $300,000 in legal fees after the court rejected an earlier defamation lawsuit against Trump. The incident goes back in 2016, when Trump’s disgraced former attorney, Michael Cohen tried to pay Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair. However, Daniels broke her agreement in 2017 when she teased about her “big reveal,” which she eventually dropped in a tell-all book. In an episode with Jimmy Kimmel, Daniels even went as far as to humiliate and make fun of the President as she pointed out which mushroom best represents his penis size.
The court also decided that Trump’s tweet was not a denial of their sexual encounter. Daniel’s attorney, Clark Brewster, issued a statement regarding the court ruling. Brewster claimed that Daniels had already instructed her legal team to have a further review by the 9th Circuit, and if it fails to do so, the case will most likely proceed to the Supreme Court.