Me­la­nia Trump sues media over es­cort claims

The Myanmar Times - - World -

ME­LA­NIA Trump, the wife of US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, has sued two media out­lets that al­leged she worked as an es­cort in the 1990s.

The suit is against Mail Media Inc, which pub­lishes the Daily Mail On­line, and Web­ster G Tarp­ley, who pub­lishes a blog.

A Slove­nian ex-model, Ms Trump is seek­ing dam­ages to the tune of US$150 mil­lion.

“Th­ese de­fen­dants made sev­eral state­ments about Mrs Trump that are 100 per­cent false and tremen­dously dam­ag­ing to her,” her at­tor­ney Charles Harder said.

The Daily Mail On­line is­sued a re­trac­tion of the ar­ti­cle, which the out­let had pub­lished on Au­gust 20 with the head­line “Naked pho­to­shoots, and trou­bling ques­tions about visas that won’t go away: The VERY racy past of Trump’s Slove­nian wife”.

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 ‘es­cort’ or in the ‘sex busi­ness’,” the re­trac­tion said.

Mr Harder rep­re­sented Hulk Ho­gan in his suc­cess­ful law­suit against Gawker Media, which re­sulted in a $140 mil­lion award against the web­site for re­leas­ing a sex tape fea­tur­ing Mr Ho­gan and a friend’s wife. –

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