Melania Trump 's new legal action against DailyMail.com has raised questions about possible plans to cash in on her role as first lady, a move her rep denies.
The libel lawsuit against the news website seeks $150 million in damages because Melania Trump 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."
Despite those claims, the first lady's people said she is not aiming to collect money off her new title.
"The first lady has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so,” a rep for Mrs. Trump said.
The lawsuit, filed on her behalf in New York State court Monday, claims the wife of President Donald Trump was damaged by a now-discredited report that she was once an escort.
The story first appeared last August on a blog, and then on DailyMail.com.
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 Tuesday, 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.”