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