The Daily Mail has settled with Melania Trump for a cool $2.9 million in damages and an apology. It’s a big win for the First Lady against fake news that was spread around about her claiming she was an escort and that her marriage was staged to Donald Trump.
It was vile and untrue.
When these lies were published about Melania, basically calling her a hooker, she stepped up to the plate and went after them. She can afford excellent legal representation and they didn’t give an inch in the case.
The Daily Mail article titled: “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump,” was their undoing and rightfully so. They aired the raciest modeling photos of Melania they could find. Melania sued for $150 million.
From the Daily Mail:
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 apologise 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.
This is not just a legal victory for Melania, it’s a moral one and makes the Daily Mail looks like a trashy media rag. She hit them right where it hurt… in the wallet. The Daily Mail retracted the story and issued an apology today.
Daily Mail to pay Melania Trump $2.9 million to settle lawsuits over article https://t.co/Rz23mIdX3R
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 12, 2017
Melania Trump wins $2.9 million in damages from Daily Mail, gets apology. pic.twitter.com/3uW6XAOhA8
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) April 12, 2017