By Tamar Lapin
CBS News via Reuters
Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump was tossed out Monday — with a federal judge ordering the porn star to pay the president’s legal fees, according to reports.
The case stemmed from a Trump tweet that called Daniels, who claims she had an affair with him, “a total con job.”
Judge S. James Otero, a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles, said last month the comments made in the president’s tweet appeared to be an opinion protected by the First Amendment.
The president’s attorney, Charles J. Harder, called the ruling a “victory” in a statement to Fox News. The amount Daniels needs to pay will be decided at a later date, he said.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said he planned to appeal the dismissal.