A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from adult film actress Stormy Daniels in which she claimed that President Donald Trump defamed her when he suggested her allegation that she was threatened to stay quiet about their relationship was a lie.
In his ruling, Judge S. James Otero said Trump's tweet was protected by freedom of speech. "The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement".
Lawyers for Mr Trump have sought to dismiss both lawsuits.
However, Ms Daniels' lawyer indicated they intend to appeal the decision.
"Having granted the Special Motion [to dismiss] and denied Plaintiff leave to amend, the Court finally holds that Defendant is entitled to attorney's fees", Otero said.
"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", Judge Otero said Monday in his 14-page ruling (read it here).
The case is Clifford v. Trump, 18-cv-06893, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).
Fox, who has written a book on the Trump family, pointed out that the president's involvement of Eric in the Daniels affair was a stunning move - one that shows a callousness and a disregard for his son's wellbeing.
Ms Daniels lawyer, Mr Avenatti said: "Daniels' other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected".
He said: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man".
"Trump's contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance", Avenatti said in a tweet on Monday. Daniels has argued the agreement should be invalidated because Trump's then-personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, signed it, but Trump did not. Avenatti has said he wants to keep the case alive.
Yesterday's decision was a relief to Trump's elated attorney Charles Harbour, who cheered the ruling.
Daniels originally sued Trump and Cohen, who negotiated the deal, so she could speak publicly about the reported tryst without fear of reprisal. Trump has denied that ever happened, but he did finally admit - after first denying it - to reimbursing his lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment made to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election.
Daniels said the man approached her as she was getting her infant daughter out of the auto to attend a mommy-and-me exercise class.