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Stormy Daniels's Lawsuit Against President Donald Trump Dismissed by Federal Judge

Adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Daniels sued Trump after he denounced her claim that a man had threatened her not to come forward with details of their alleged affair. Trump called the accusations "a total con job."

Daniels claimed that Trump's April 18 tweet "attacks the veracity of her account" of the alleged threat and that the president's comments were "false and defamatory, and that the tweet was defamation...because it charged her with committing a serious crime," District Judge S. James Otero stated in his opinion on Monday.

As reported by CNN, the president had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

"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. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement," Otero wrote.

Daniels made national headlines earlier this year when she claimed that she'd had an affair with Trump in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump had given birth to their son, Barron. The president denied the claim.

Daniels still has a lawsuit against Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen over the $130,000 payment that she claimed was made to keep her silent about the alleged affair during the lead-up to his 2016 presidential nomination.

Monday's ruling will have no effect on the status of the that lawsuit.

Additionally, Otero ruled that Trump would receive compensation for attorneys' fees for the dismissed lawsuit.

"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," said Charles Harder, who serves as Trump's personal attorney.

"The amount of the award for President Trump's attorneys' fees will be determined at a later date."

Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, tweeted in response to Monday's ruling by saying his client's claims against the president and Cohen would "proceed unaffected," while revealing that he filed a notice of appeal Monday night in his client's defamation suit.

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