US appeals court rules for actor James Woods in Twitter case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an Ohio woman’s defamation lawsuit against actor James Woods over Twitter posts during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Wednesday a lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit by Portia Boulger of Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee), an activist for Democrat Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

In March 2016, a Twitter account mistakenly identified Boulger as a woman who appeared to give a Nazi salute at a rally for then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Woods’ account retweeted the photos, asking: “So-called #Trump ‘Nazi’ is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?”

Multiple outlets reported the photo was of another woman, and Woods eventually corrected his tweet.

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The appellate judges found Woods’ tweet “could reasonably be read to have an innocent meaning” as merely asking a question.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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