Daily Mail acknowledges libeling Melania as an escort
First lady Melania Trump will receive an undisclosed sum of money from the Daily Mail and Mail Online for “false and defamatory” claims the publication made about her modeling career on Aug. 20, 2016.
An apology was issued Wednesday by the Daily Mail for an election-season story it ran that cast Mrs. Trump as an escort during her modeling days. The legal battle ended in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
John Kelly of the law firm Harbottle and Lewis stood before a judge and acknowledged the “false and defamatory claims about [Mrs. Trump], which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling,” The Guardian reported.
Mrs. Trump reportedly sought $150 million for lost business opportunities linked to the story, The Guardian reported. But a source told Reuters that less than $3 million would be paid to the first lady.
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them,” the Daily Mail said on its website.