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US appeals court rules for actor James Woods in Twitter case

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 14:31:29-05

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, 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.

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