Home Politics Daily Mail gets Trumped: Melania settles libel suit for $2.9 million

Daily Mail gets Trumped: Melania settles libel suit for $2.9 million

3 min read
0
0
54


                                Daily Mail gets Trumped: Melania settles libel suit for $2.9 million

Since the election Donald Trump and friends have been accused of a lot of things, but this might have been a new one.

In August of 2016 the Daily Mail, a London based tabloid newspaper, published an article alleging that the modeling agency Melania Trump worked for in the late 1990’s was also an escort service. The article also suggested that the first lady had “provided services beyond simply modeling.”

The newspaper claimed to have gotten the information from “a book available on Amazon,” as well as a Slovenian magazine.

On Wednesday, the Daily Mail apologized to the first lady, saying the article was false, and agreed to pay her damages. The first lady will be paid of $2.9 million — though according to her original filing, Melania was seeking at least $150 million because she saw the White House as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to profit.”

“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them,” a Daily Mail lawyer told Judge Andrew Nicol, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. “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.”

Despite the fact that the Daily Mail had issued a retraction 10 days after the article was published, Melania filed two separate libel lawsuits against the company. The first suit, filed in Maryland as well as in London, was dismissed because the court did not have jurisdiction. The second was filed in New York City.

The second of the two filings stated that the Daily Mail article had hurt her ability “to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories.” It added that “the plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world,” as well as that “the plaintiff’s brand has lost significant value.” However, the lawsuit did not make any mention of the White House or President Donald Trump.

 

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Wyatt Cooper
Load More In Politics

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Four American women attacked with acid in France

Four American tourists were attacked with acid in southern France on Sunday, injuring at l…