Melania Trump has taken action against Daily Mail.
According to CNN, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife sued Daily Mail and a U.S. blog, Tarpley, on Thursday over stories published about her involvement with an alleged escort service.
“These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said in a statement.
“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification,” the statement continued. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million.”
The story Trump sued Daily Mail over claimed that a New York modeling agency, which once represented her, “also operated as an escort agency for wealthy clients.” Daily Mail cited a story previously written by a Slovenian magazine in their article. Tarpley had picked up the story for their website.
Almost immediately after suing the publications, Daily Mail retracted its story.
“The article… did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations are true, nor did it intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business,'” Daily Mail wrote in a statement. “To the contrary, The Daily Mail newspaper article stated that there was no support for the allegations, and it provided adamant denials from Mrs. Trump’s spokesperson and from [Paolo] Zampolli,” the man who ran the New York modeling agency.
“The point of the article was that these allegations could impact the U.S. presidential election even if they are untrue,” the statement continued. “Mrs. Trump’s counsel in the U.S. and the U.K., have stated unequivocally that the allegations about the modeling agencies are false.”
Despite Daily Mail’s retraction, Trump is still proceeding with the lawsuit.