VIA| Before becoming the first lady, Melania Trump filed lawsuits against two media outlets for stories that suggested she worked as an escort during her early days as a model.
The first round of her suit against Maryland-based blogger, Webster Tarpley, took place on January 27. Tarpley’s lawyer Danielle Giroux argued on behalf of her client:
“He did not say that Melania Trump was a high-class escort. What he said was there are rumors about that. He’s writing about the rumors and that, itself, is newsworthy.”
While Giroux may consider her client’s article “rumor,” a judge deferred to the argument that it was “textbook defamation,” and refused Tarpley’s request to have the case dismissed.
NBC News reported that Maryland Judge Sharon Burrell ruled:
“The court believes most people, when they hear the words ‘high-end escort’ that describes a prostitute. There could be no more defamatory statement than to call a woman a prostitute.”
On Monday, the first lady declared victory and settled her lawsuit against the Maryland blogger.
Per the terms of their settlement, Tarpley agreed to pay a “substantial sum,” issue a retraction, and apologize to Mrs. Trump, according to a statement Independent Journal Review received from her lawyer. The official apology said:
“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her. I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them. I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”
On the heels of her victory lap, Melania Trump re-filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against the Daily Mail for reporting the same rumors.
Fox News reported that the filing described the “high-profile” she created:
“Mrs. Trump had the unique, one-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model, brand spokesperson and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world.”
Despite the Daily Mail’s issuing a retraction, the lawsuit claimed significant emotional and economic damage and seeks financial compensation of at least $150 million, according to the Washington Post.
This isn’t the first time Trump has won legal battles over “fake news.” In December, with the help of her attorney Charles Harder, the first lady forced YouTube user James Hunter to remove a video from YouTube that accused her son Barron of being autistic.
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