The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from porn star Stormy Daniels, who accused former President Donald Trump of defaming her.
The actress has claimed she had a tryst with Trump in 2006 and in 2016 agreed to a $130,000 confidentiality agreement, which became public in 2018.
Trump has publicly denied her allegations of an affair.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump for defamation after he ridiculed a sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 over her claims about Trump.
The then-president retweeted a message that noted the similarity in appearance between the sketch and a photo of the porn star’s ex-husband.
Trump tweeted: “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
The actress was shot down by lower courts before appealing to the Supreme Court. The justices on Monday also voted to allow a grand jury supervised by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to access Trump’s tax returns.
Daniels, now 41, was formerly represented by colorful attorney Michael Avenatti, who flirted with running for president as a Democrat against Trump. Avenatti was convicted last year for trying to extort $25 million from Nike and will be sentenced in May.