PASADENA (CBSLA) – An appeal court in Pasadena confirmed Friday a federal judge's decision in 2019 to dismiss a lawsuit by adult film star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump.
Trump tweeted last year that Daniel's allegation that she had been threatened in 2011 in a Las Vegas parking lot to remain silent about her alleged affair with him in 2006 was "total fraud".
The three-judge panel in Pasadena confirmed that the president can tweet any opinion and that Daniels has not demonstrated that he acted maliciously in the tweet.
Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, and her former lawyer Michael Avenatti released a sketch of the man she said had threatened her, and Trump denied that the incident had happened.
Trump tweeted on April 18, 2018: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total scam to play the Fake News Media for Fools (but you know it)! “In response to a Twitter user comparing the sketch to a picture of Daniels’s former husband.
The court found in the appeal decision that, under Texas law in which Daniels lives, "statements of opinion cannot form the basis for a defamation lawsuit."
According to the verdict, "the tweet here, through the eyes of an objectively reasonable reader, reflects Mr. Trump's opinion about the effects of the allegedly similar appearances of Ms. Clifford's ex-husband and the husband in the sketch."
Daniels claimed that she had sex with Trump in 2006 while he was married to today's first lady Melania Trump.
Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels.
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