A judge has dismissed the lawsuit from adult film star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and ordered that she pay the president's attorney's fees.
'Total defeat for Stormy Daniels'
The lawsuit from Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, asked for damages stemming from statements from Trump calling her a liar for claims that she was paid to keep quiet about their extramarital relationship before the 2016 election.
Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen plead guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws in order to make the $130,000 payment to Clifford, and accused the president of ordering him to make the payment.
On Monday, a federal judge dismissed the defamation lawsuit against the president.
"No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. [Michael] Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today's ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels," said Trump counsel Charles Harder in an emailed statement.
"The amount of the award for President Trump's attorneys' fees will be determined at a later date," he added.
That did not prevent Avenatti from responding via his social media account.
"Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected," tweeted Avenatti. "Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance."
"We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal," he added.