Daily Mail ac­knowl­edges li­bel­ing Melania as an es­cort

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

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.

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