By closing the case, the judges put into effect the decisions of the lower courts that dismissed his claim. Last year, the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with a Los Angeles-based federal judge who ruled in 2018 that Trump’s comments were not defamatory and protected by warranty. freedom of speech of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“The ruling confirms what we’ve been saying all along: that Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against the president was frivolous and punishable“Said Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder.
Clark Brewster, Daniels’ attorney, said he hoped the judges would take over the case because there is “confusion and uncertainty”In the lower courts on the legal issue presented.
Daniels has saying had a sexual encounter with Trump in a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2006, the year after he married his third wife Melania and more than a decade before the businessman-turned-politician became president.
Trump has denied the sexual encounter.
Daniels has said that in 2011, an unknown man approached her and her young daughter in a Las Vegas parking lot and threatened her after she agreed to talk about her experience with Trump in a media interview.
Daniels said the man “leaned over, looked at my daughter and said, ‘She’s a beautiful girl. It would be a shame if something happened to his mother. ‘
In 2018, more than a year after Trump assumed the presidency, he published a sketch of the man. Trump responded on Twitter to the sketch’s posting, writing.
He wrote: “A sketch years later on a non-existent man. A total hoax, playing the fake news for dummies (but they know it)! “
Daniels sued Trump in federal court alleging defamation, saying her comment conveyed his belief that she was a liar.
His attorneys have said the judge was wrong to dismiss the lawsuit under a Texas state law that allows for the speedy resolution of cases that are seen as a burden on the right to free speech. Trump also received $ 292,000 in legal fees and $ 1,000 in penalties..
Daniels he was previously represented by attorney Michael Avenatti, who was later indicted in three separate cases on charges of defrauding various clients, including Daniels, lying to the Internal Revenue Service, and attempting to extort money. Nike Inc. In February 2020, it was convicted in the Nike case.
Trump also faces separate defamation lawsuits related to alleged sexual assaults., both of whom he denied, brought by two women – E. Jean Carroll, former writer for Elle magazine, and Summer Zervos, a 2005 contestant on his old reality show “The newbie. “