Melania Trump, wife of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, filed a defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail over previous reports that she worked as an escort back in her modeling days.
The $150 million suit prompted the news publication to retract those “false” reports.
According to The Huffington Post, the original story came from a Slovenian magazine called Suzy, and the Daily Mail was one of many publications that reprinted it.
The reports, which were deemed “tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” indicated that Trump’s former modeling agent, Paulo Zampolli, also ran a high-end escort service.
Trump and Zampolli have each denied any involvement in an escort business and have denounced the stories that said otherwise.
The Daily Mail has since removed the story from its site and issued a formal retraction. The organization said it “regrets any such misinterpretation” and “did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations” were true.
“The point of the article was that these allegations could impact the U.S. presidential election even if they are untrue,” the retraction reads.
Interestingly enough, Trump’s lawyer in this case, Michael Harder, also represented Hulk Hogan’s multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Gawker Media, which they won.
The difference in these two cases is that Gawker’s reports about Hogan and Thiel, respectively, were true, whereas, the Daily Mail’s information on Trump appears to be false.
“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification,” Harder reportedly said of the Trump case in a statement. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband.”
Until now, Trump has remained significantly quiet. She’s recently remained in the shadows of her husband’s campaign following back-to-back controversies surrounding her plagiarism of First Lady Michelle Obama and questions raised about her immigration to the United States.
However, she couldn’t let this slip through the cracks. Her reputation is already on the line due to these incidents as well as the circulation of her past racy modeling photos deemed unbecoming of a potential first lady.
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