Melania Trump is suing UK tabloid Daily Mail over allegations that she was a sex worker in the 90’s.
Last month, Daily Mail published a story linking Melania to a modeling agency that also served as an escort service citing a Slovenian magazine’s report.
The wife of US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump vehemently denied the allegations through her lawyer who called it an outright lie.
Mrs Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, announced on Thursday the lawsuit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger named Webster Griffin Tarpley who also published the report.
The complaint filed before the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland is seeking $150m in damages.
”These defendants made several statements about Mrs Trump that are 100 per cent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation”
”Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the US and the world without any justification. Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990’s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $150m.”
The Daily Mail also announced on Thursday that it had retracted the story in a posting on its website.
The Daily Mail regrets the misinterpretation however insisting that it had not suggested the sex work claims were true. It commented on the effects of the story on the Trump Campaign even if they were false.
Melania Trump was born in Slovenia and moved to the United States in the 1990’s. She had a very successful modeling career before marrying her husband Donald Trump in 2005 with whom she has a son.