Melania Trump “sues British newspaper over escort allegations”

Melania Trump is suing British newspaper the Daily Mail and a US-based blog for reporting that she worked as an escort in the 1990s, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The wife of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper and blogger Webster Griffin Tarpley, who suggested she lived in fear of her alleged past as a sex worker being revealed in public.

Both the blogger and the Daily Mail have since retracted their stories, published last month, and apologized to Trump.

The Daily Mail said that its article "Racy photos, and troubling questions about his wife's past that could derail Trump, "did not "intend to state or suggest that Mrs Trump ever worked as an 'escort' or in the 'sex business'."

The behaviour of the paper and the blogger was "despicable, abhorrent, intentional, malicious and oppressive," papers filed on Melania Trump's behalf at a court in Maryland stated.

Trump, who was born in Slovenia and married Trump in 2005, is demanding a minimum in compensation and damages of 75,000 dollars from each defendant.

The Daily Mail article was largely based on an unauthorized biography of Trump by a Slovenian journalist and an article published in Slovenian magazine Suzy.

It repeated claims that Trump had worked for a modelling agency in Milan that was "something like a gentleman's club" and that a modelling agency she later worked for in New York also "operated as an escort agency for wealthy clients."

The court papers alleged the Daily Mail wrote the story despite "consciously doubting the truth of the claims."

Tarpley's blog quoted unnamed sources as saying Trump was "reportedly obsessed by fear of salacious revelations by wealthy clients from her time as a high-end escort."

It also quoted unnamed sources as saying she was "in a state of apoplectic tantrum, and is suffering from a full-blown nervous breakdown."

In its retraction, the blog said its story "was not diligent in fact-checking or maintaining a healthy distance between innuendo and fact."

Last update: Fri, 02/09/2016 - 09:54
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