Melania Trump is fuming and her attorney is threatening lawsuits against several news websites for making "false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an 'escort' in the 1990s."
"All such statements are 100 percent false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful," her attorney Charles J. Harder said in a statement.
He added: “She understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency.”
No lawsuits have been filed just yet, but her attorney says that may change. At least one website that got the letter is now backing off, but grudgingly.
The political site Liberal America issued a retraction, saying: "We genuinely apologize for making these statements that were also made by numerous web publications."
The writer added: "This is being written under duress because I don't have enough money to fight a legal battle against the Trump machine."
Harder also called out the Daily Mail in his statement, saying: “Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
The Mail has not responded to the statement. The newspaper's story was also carried on its website, which has an international readership.