Me­la­nia Trump files $150 mil­lion Law­suit against Daily Mail and Po­lit­i­cal Blog­ger

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Trump is su­ing both the Daily Mail and a po­lit­i­cal web­site over al­le­ga­tions she worked as a high-end es­cort. Her lawyer is Charles Harder, who was Hulk Ho­gan's lawyer against Gawker.

Me­la­nia Trump filed a law­suit on Thurs­day against the Daily Mail and a Mary­land po­lit­i­cal blog­ger for defama­tion for pub­lish­ing what she said are false sto­ries about her past.

Trump is su­ing the out­lets - which in­clude Web­ster Griffin Tarp­ley, who runs Tarp­ley.net, a po­lit­i­cal web­site - over sto­ries that claimed she worked as a “high-end es­cort” and that she suf­fered from a “full-blown ner­vous break­down” due to the stress of the cam­paign­ing, ac­cord­ing to her com­plaint. The suit said Trump is su­ing each out­let for “in ex­cess” of $75,000 - her lawyer said she will seek $150 mil­lion.

“[Trump] did le­git­i­mate and le­gal mod­el­ing work for le­git­i­mate busi­ness en­ti­ties,” the com­plaint states. “[Trump] was not an es­cort or pros­ti­tute. [Trump] did not have an apoplec­tic fit, apoplec­tic tantrum, ner­vous break­down or men­tal break­down, nor is she ter­ri­fied or ob­sessed by fear about rev­e­la­tions from her past."

Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, re­leased this state­ment on be­half of his client: “These de­fen­dants made sev­eral state­ments about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremen­dously dam­ag­ing to her personal and pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion. De­fen­dants broad­cast their lies to mil­lions of peo­ple through­out the U.S. and the world—with­out any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion,” he said.

“Their many lies in­clude, among oth­ers, that Mrs. Trump sup­pos­edly was an “es­cort” in the 1990s be­fore she met her hus­band. De­fen­dants' ac­tions are so egre­gious, ma­li­cious and harm­ful to Mrs. Trump that her dam­ages are es­ti­mated at $150 mil­lion dol­lars.”

The Daily Mail re­sponded on Thurs­day to the law­suit pub­lish­ing a lengthy re­trac­tion. In it the news­pa­per states the ar­ti­cle merely dis­cussed al­le­ga­tions that were made about Trump in a book on Ama­zon and in an ar­ti­cle by a Slove­nian mag­a­zine. But the news­pa­per said it did not in­tend to state that the al­le­ga­tions that Trump worked as an es­cort or in the sex busi­ness were true.

“To the ex­tent that any­thing in the Daily Mail's ar­ti­cle was in­ter­preted as stat­ing or sug­gest­ing that Mrs. Trump worked as an ‘es­cort' or in the ‘sex busi­ness,' that she had a ‘com­pos­ite or pre­sen­ta­tion card for the sex busi­ness,' or that ei­ther of the mod­el­ing agen­cies ref­er­enced in the ar­ti­cle were en­gaged in these busi­nesses, it is hereby re­tracted, and the Daily Mail news­pa­per re­grets any such mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion.”

Mrs. Trump - happy pic­tured here, but not so pleased with al­le­ga­tions about her past.

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