CNN blogger Kate Bennett was slammed by the White House and the wife of Roger Stone for claiming that Stone had leaked nude photos of Melania Trump in 2016 (with then-candidate Donald Trump’s blessing) to distract the media because Trump was having a bad press week.
Bennett made the dubious allegations in her book, “Free Melania,” a biography of the glamorous First Lady. Naturally, because Bennett works at CNN, her sourcing was based entirely on rumors floated by anonymous people.
Bennett wrote: “The theory goes that Trump was trying to head off a bad week on the campaign.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham blasted Bennett, saying she’s pushing an outrageous lie to shill her trashy book.
“Mrs. Trump is surprised at Kate Bennett’s reporting. Our office worked with Kate in good faith on her book, and thought she would do an honest job,” Grisham told the Guardian. “Sadly, it includes many false details and opinions, showing Ms. Bennett spoke to many anonymous people who don’t know the First Lady.”
Grisham added: “It continues to be disappointing when people, especially ‘journalists,’ write books with false information just to profit off the first family.”
Similarly, Roger’s wife Nydia torched Bennett’s claims as “ludicrous” and “categorically false.” Nydia has known Melania Trump for more than 20 years.
“The suspicion asserted in Kate Bennett’s book is categorically false and completely illogical,” Nydia told the Guardian. “My husband and I have known Melania since she began dating the President. We adore her and think she is doing a phenomenal job as First Lady.”
Nydia Stone said CNN’s anti-Trump left-wing minions are pushing yet another lie — this time about Roger Stone — to dissuade President Trump from pardoning Stone at some point.
Moreover, Nydia said the suggestion that Roger leaked Melania’s nude photos with Donald Trump’s explicit knowledge makes no sense.
Nydia said: “The leaking of anything that would damage his prospects of being elected makes no sense whatsoever. Kate Bennett works for CNN and therefore, nothing she reports can be believed.”
Nydia added: “This ludicrous claim is an obvious attempt to drive a wedge between my husband and the President, whom he has supported so loyally for the last 30 years. No one supported the President’s election more strongly than Roger Stone.”
Hopefully, Bennett has some good lawyers on hand should Melania decide to sue her. The First Lady has an excellent track record with defamation lawsuits.
In January 2019, UK tabloid the Telegraph issued a groveling apology and agreed to pay Melania “substantial” monetary damages for publishing lies about her father.
In its boot-licking apology, the Telegraph wrote: “We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret, we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.”
That was not the first time that Melania scored a legal victory against the lying media.
In 2017, the Daily Mail agreed to pay $2.9 million in damages to settle two libel lawsuits Mrs. Trump had filed over a sham story claiming she had worked as an escort during her early days as a model.
The Daily Mail retracted the story and issued an apology, acknowledging that its defamatory article was false: “We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs. Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”
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