Casino star James Woods claims it is 'ok' to use the word 'Nazi' on Twitter.
The acclaimed 70-year-old actor is fighting back in a bizarre $3 million lawsuit against him brought by Portia Boulger at Ohio Federal Court.
The Democratic activist is suing the star after she attended a Donald Trump rally in Chicago on March 11, 2016. A local newspaper then posted a photograph of a woman wearing a Trump t-shirt and giving a Nazi style salute.
Several Twitter users posted the photo and misidentified the woman as Boulger. She accused Woods of re-tweeting the photo on his account and sued him as a result.
Mr. Woods' tweet read: "So-called #Trump 'Nazi' is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?""
Shortly after it was revealed that Boulger was NOT the woman in the photo but rather a Trump supporter named Birgitt Peterson.
Despite the news correcting the information, Woods never removed his tweet and it was re-tweeted more than 5k times and his account has over 350,000 followers.
Woods eventually tweeted to his followers, "I have an opportunity to clarify something I challenged immediately when it hit Twitter Portia A. Boulger was NOT the 'Nazi salute lady".
After receiving death threats and harassing calls Boulger sued for defamation, harm to her reputation and emotional distress -- seeking $1 million in compensatory damages plus $2 million in punitive damages.
RadarOnline.com can now reveal Woods is heading to court to get the case thrown out.
He argues that he made no defamatory assertion of fact and claims his tweets cannot be reasonably read as defamatory by the average reader on Twitter.
He claims that he just made an inquiry about the identity of the woman in his Tweet and that importantly the use of the word 'Nazi' is not actionable. Woods states that courts have consistently held the use of the word in rhetorical hyberbole.
The star is demanding that the case against him be thrown out of court without any payment.
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