Melania Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, has threatened to sue The Daily Mail, Politico and eight other news media outlets for defaming the ex-Slovenian model in recently published stories which suggest she may have been employed as an “escort” during the 1990s and question her legal immigration status upon arrival in the U.S.
Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in the retired professional wrestler’s successful $140 million lawsuit against Gawker in March, sent emails to the organizations putting them “on notice” for Mrs. Trump’s “legal claims against them”.
The Daily Mail article, dated Aug. 19, cited a story first published by a Slovenian-based magazine that said the modeling agency Melania worked for in New York was a front for an escort service, which is how the women there “principally earned money.”
Harder stated in the email that that particular story was, “100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.”
Another story by Politico earlier in August insinuated that Melania came to the U.S. on a “short-term visa” in 1995, which would not have permitted her to “work as a model,” when she claimed to have arrived in 1996.
“(Melania) understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency,” Harder went on to say in the email.
Other outlets given a warning by Harder include, The Week, Liberal America, Inquisitr and Bipartisan Report — the latter two retracted their stories on Monday.
Liberal America offered a public apology to Melania, entitled “Trump Lawyers Said Melania Didn’t F**k For Money, Forced Us To Apologize, So Here It Is”.
“This is being written under duress because I don’t have enough money to fight a legal battle against the Trump machine,” the apology letter read, which went on to explain it based its story on Daily Mail reporting.
“Apparently that isn’t good enough to pass muster in the version of American freedom of the press envisioned by Mr. Trump and his team of legal vultures,” the left-wing blog concluded.
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