- Trump was suing the firm founded by Christopher Steele, who created a dossier in 2016 that contained uncorroborated allegations about the then-president-elect that erupted in a political storm
Donald Trump’s lawsuit against a UK company over data protection violations that saw the ex-president accused of ‘perverted sex acts’ in addition to allegations he was bribing Russian government officials has been dismissed.
Judge Karen Steyn ruled that the former president’s case could not continue, saying in a written ruling that ‘there are no compelling reasons to allow the claim to proceed to trial.’
Trump was suing the firm founded by Christopher Steele, who created a dossier in 2016 that contained rumors and uncorroborated allegations about Trump that erupted in a political storm just before he was inaugurated.
The Republican frontrunner was seeking damages from Orbis Business Intelligence for allegedly violating British data protection laws citing distress made by the infamous dossier.
In the dossier, Steele alleged that Trump was compromised by the Russian security service the FSB.
At a hearing in October, the court heard that the dossier alleged that Trump took part in elaborate sex parties while in St. Petersburg that included ‘golden showers’ over a hotel bed previously used by Barack Obama.
Trump was suing the firm founded by Christopher Steele, who created a dossier in 2016 that contained uncorroborated allegations about the then-president-elect that erupted in a political storm
Former intelligence agent Christopher Steele arrives for a court hearing in October 2023 in London
Trump said in a witness statement made public in October that he brought the case to prove claims in the so-called Steele dossier, published by the BuzzFeed website in 2017, that he engaged in ‘perverted sexual acts’ in Russia, are false.
Trump’s lawyers are currently fighting a civil fraud trial in New York alleging he and company executives deceived banks, insurers and others by overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth to secure loans and make deals.
He also faces four separate criminal cases for allegations including mishandling classified documents, trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and paying hush money to a porn actress to cover up an affair.
His lawyer noted in court London in October that Trump is a ‘controversial figure’ who ‘expresses himself in strong language’ and has faced criticism from judges in the U.S. However, he said none of that is relevant in the current case.
Trump ‘suffered personal and reputational damage and distress’ because his data protection rights were violated, attorney Hugh Tomlinson said.
Tomlinson previously represented a string of A-list clients in the UK including David and Victoria Beckham as well as King Charles III.
Steele, who once ran the Russia desk for the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, was paid by Democrats to compile research that included salacious allegations that Russians could potentially blackmail Trump for sexual activity.
Trump said the dossier was fake news and a political witch hunt.
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