Melania Trump Settles 'Daily Mail' Lawsuit for a Reported $3 Million, Gets Apology
The Daily Mail's website had erroneously reported that the now first lady once worked as a call girl.
Melania Trump has received vindication in her multi-million-dollar libel suit against the Daily Mail, receiving a settlement totaling nearly $3 million.
The first lady sued the British newspaper and its website over allegations that she "provided services beyond simply modeling" while working for an agency in the 1990s.
"We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them," the MailOnline said Wednesday. "We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs. Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs."
The terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed. It's believed the first lady won $2.9 million in damages, according to reports.
The suit came in August after the MailOnline and a blogger published what Mrs. Trump said were "false and defamatory statements" about having been an “escort” when she first came to America as an unknown model in the mid-90s.
The suit, filed by her attorney, Charles Harder, said, "MailOnline’s conduct was extreme and outrageous in falsely making the scurrilous charge that the future First Lady of the United States worked as a prostitute."
The blogger, Webster Griffin Tarpley, of Maryland, settled in February, admitting the story was inaccurate. He also reportedly paid her a “substantial sum.”
In the apology, the 71-year-old blogger wrote: "I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her. I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them."
The lawsuit raised many eyebrows when it was filed back in February over suggestions that she was looking to profit off her new position as first lady.
Trump’s third wife initially sought $150 million in damages because she lost the opportunity "to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million-dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world."
Her camp later came forward to say that she wasn't looking to collect money from her role in the White House.
"The first lady has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so,” a rep for Mrs. Trump said.
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