Report: Melania Accepts Daily Mail Apology & 7-Figure Payout Over ‘Escort’ Allegations

The Daily Mail and Melania Trump have reached an agreement to settle a libel suit the First Lady filed against the media company in regards to its accusations that she worked as an escort.

According to The Guardian, a statement read out in the Royal Courts of Justice In London stated The Daily Mail’s double-page spread — which was also published online — included “false and defamatory claims about [Melania] which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling.”

The Daily Mail ultimately published a retraction for its piece in September of last year. Melania Trump still reportedly sought damages of $150 million.

According to SFGate, this is a screenshot of the article at the center of the scandal. It also appeared in The Daily Mail’s print edition over a two-page spread with the headline “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump.”

She won’t be getting that much money with a payout of under $3 million. The settlement also includes an apology by The Daily Mail which reportedly reads:

The Daily Mail newspaper and the Mail Online/DailyMail.com website published an article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling.

The article included statements that Mrs Trump denied the allegations and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modelling agency, also denied the allegations, and the article also stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations.

The article also claimed that Mr and Mrs Trump may have met three years before they actually met, and ‘staged’ their actual meeting as a ‘ruse’.

We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.

Sources:
SFGate
The Guardian
The Daily Mail

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. paul

    April 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    very very sad when politics resorts to personal insults

    • dipdawg

      April 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Pretty sad when personal insults are the norm in politics.

  2. AverageJoe1987

    April 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Maybe the liberal media should drop their use of Fake News, and they wouldn’t end up getting sued for libel for making crap up just to paint the Trumps in a bad light.

  3. DavoHimself

    April 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    she should donate the $ to a child exploitation cause..!
    *IF she hasn’t already planned to (which i think is likely).

  4. Stephen Notti Nott

    April 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Why would any one make such Comments about a Wonderful Lady, A lady that Oozes Grace and Beauty and Genuinely wants to Help Ordinary folk because I think this Lady has done very well for herself, Ladies Like this really Dont forget about their Roots. America is truly the Land of Opportunity with this wonderful Love story. I suppose you are always going to get the Age thing and the Money thing, can people not just be in love for Loves sake.

  5. tammy

    April 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    wat to go, you should spend every last penny on yourself, you Deserve it for what they put you through

  6. Barbara Barrington

    April 13, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Proud of her for making people be accountable for their words.

  7. glynnda

    September 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I hope they go out of business

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