News media that suggested Melania Trump was a high-price hooker could learn $150 million lesson

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, sued the UK-based Daily Mail and Tarpley, a U.S.-based blog, for defaming her with a false allegation that she was involved with an escort agency.

“These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” Charles Harder, a lawyer for Melania Trump said in a statement, according to CNN Money.

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“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world — without any justification,” Harder continued. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million.”

Three days after the Daily Mail published a story that cited a Slovenian magazine’s claim that a modeling agency representing Trump was a front for an escort service, her attorney put the Mail and other publications on notice that those claims were false.

Within hours of receiving the notice The Daily Mail retracted its story. Its statement said:

The article… did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations are true, nor did it intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an “escor” or in the “sex business.” To the contrary, The Daily Mail newspaper article stated that there was no support for the allegations, and it provided adamant denials from Mrs. Trump’s spokesperson and from [the agency’s manager, Paolo] Zampolli.

The point of the article was that these allegations could impact the U.S. presidential election even if they are untrue. Mrs. Trump’s counsel in the U.S. and the U.K., have stated unequivocally that the allegations about the modeling agencies are false.

To the extent that anything in the Daily Mail’s article was interpreted as stating or suggesting that Mrs. Trump worked as an “escort” or in the “sex business,” that she had a “composite or presentation card for the sex business,” or that either of the modeling agencies referenced in the article were engaged in these businesses, it is hereby retracted, and the Daily Mail newspaper regrets any such misinterpretation.

 

Too little, too late, the lawsuit was filed Thursday in state court in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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