Report: Melania Trump Wins Settlement In Lawsuit Against Blogger
Melania Trump won a “substantial sum as a settlement” Tuesday in her lawsuit against a Maryland blogger who falsely wrote that the first lady worked as a prostitute in the 1990s.
“The First Lady of the United States has settled her lawsuit against Webster Griffin Tarpley of Maryland,” Matthew Blackett, one of Trump’s attorneys, told the New York Post. (RELATED: Melania Trump Appears In Court Over Defamation Lawsuit)
“Mr. Tarpley has issued the attached retraction and apology to Mrs. Trump and her family, and agreed to pay her a substantial sum as a settlement,” he added.
“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” Mr. Tarpley’s apology read. “I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them. I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”
The settlement comes one day after Trump refiled a lawsuit against Mail Online, the owner of the Daily Mail, in New York Supreme Court for similar claims, after they published a false article that claimed she worked for an escort service.
The news outlet was originally named as a co-defendant along with the Maryland blogger, but a judge removed them for jurisdictional reasons.
In September, Trump filed the lawsuit against the blogger and outlet after she accused both of writing “false” and defamatory statements stemming from an article dated back on August 19, titled “Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won’t go away: The very racy past of Donald Trump’s Slovenian wife.”
The Daily Mail retracted the article in September and stated that it didn’t “intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an “escort'”or in the “sex business.”