US appeals court rules for actor James Woods in Twitter case

February 27, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, actor James Woods poses at the premiere of the film "Bleed for This" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal appeals court has agreed with the dismissal of an Ohio woman's defamation lawsuit against Woods over Twitter posts during the 2016 presidential campaign season. The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, upheld a lower court ruling for Woods. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, actor James Woods poses at the premiere of the film "Bleed for This" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal appeals court has agreed with the dismissal of an Ohio woman's defamation lawsuit against Woods over Twitter posts during the 2016 presidential campaign season. The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, upheld a lower court ruling for Woods. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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?”

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

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