Melania Trump’s lawsuit against UK’s Daily Mail newspaper has come to an end with an apology and a $2.9 million settlement, according to a Reuters source.
FLOTUS and her lawyers took the publication to court following the release of an article that claimed the first lady and former model worked as an “escort” before meeting husband Donald Trump.
The newspaper released this statement on their website:
“The Mail Online website and the Daily Mail newspaper published an article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling. The article included statements that Mrs. Trump denied the allegations and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modelling agency, also denied the allegations, and the article also stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations. The article also claimed that Mr. and Mrs. Trump may have met three years before they actually met, and ‘staged’ their actual meeting as a ‘ruse.'”
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. 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 original article was titled “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump” and was published during the height of the presidential election. Trump immediately filed lawsuits in Maryland and London in September 2016. Following the dismissal of the Maryland suit, she filed again in New York City without mentioning the campaign or her husband.
Her lawsuit originally sought $150 million in damages and stated that the article significantly harmed her ability “to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories.”
This is not the first time that the Trump family has taken a stand against fake news publishers. In January, Melania’s Lawyer Charles Hader issued a statement asking for a formal apology from Youtuber, James Hunter, who posted a video that suggested her son Barron has autism. Melania did not pursue charges, however, James did take the video down from YouTube and released an apology to the family.
The President has also weighed in on the absurd attacks from questionable publishers. He called Buzzfeed News “a failing pile of garbage” after they released a controversial article that said he had engaged in acts with Russian escorts.
Melania has not released a person statement following the cases results. It’s understood that the First Lady will be distancing herself from the issue and allowing her team and lawyers handle the fallout.