First Lady Trump settles one lawsuit, files another

As First Lady Melania Trump settles one defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger, she files another against Mail Media, the owner of the British newspaper Daily Mail.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) – First Lady Melania Trump has settled a defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger who claimed she suffered a “breakdown” last year, after the blogger apologized and paid her a “substantial sum,” Trump’s lawyer said on Tuesday (February 7).

“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 blogger Webster Tarpley wrote in a statement released by Trump’s lawyer.

The agreement came one day after Trump filed a $150 million defamation lawsuit against Mail Media, the owner of the British newspaper Daily Mail, for the second time.

The complaint, filed in New York state court, claimed a Daily Mail article falsely alleging that she once worked for an escort service had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.

Trump had a “unique, one-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to launch numerous product lines, including jewelry, apparel, shoes and cosmetics, during a time when she is “one of the most photographed women in the world,” according to the lawsuit.

A spokesman for the Daily Mail did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

The article, published last August by the Daily Mail and its online division, cited a Slovenian magazine’s report that a modeling agency with which Trump worked in New York in the 1990s also served as an escort business.

The Daily Mail retracted the story later that month, saying in a statement it had not intended to state or suggest that Trump had worked as an escort. Trump filed similar claims against the Daily Mail last year in Maryland, but a judge last week dismissed the case against the newspaper on jurisdictional grounds.

Trump has also sued the Daily Mail in London. Her lawyer, Charles Harder, has represented several celebrities and won a $140 million invasion of privacy verdict for wrestler Hulk Hogan against the now-defunct Gawker last year.

Trump, a native of Slovenia, moved to the United States in the 1990s and married then-businessman Donald Trump in 2005.