- Thomson Reuters
Melania Trump is suing the Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger for $150 million in damages over retracted stories that had alleged that she worked as an escort in the 1990s.
The suit came after Trump threatened legal action against several publications that picked up the story, which was sourced to a Slovenian magazine that reported that Trump once worked for a New York modeling agency in the 1990s that provided escort services to wealthy clients.
A statement from Charles Harder, the lawyer representing Trump, called the allegations “100% false” and “tremendously damaging to [Trump’s] personal and professional reputation.” Melania is married to Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president.
In addition to the Daily Mail, the lawsuit also includes Webster G. Tarpley, a Maryland blogger, as a defendant.
“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the US and the world – without any justification,” Harder said in the statement. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump was supposedly an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband.”
The Daily Mail removed the story from its website and Tarpley published a retraction.