First Lady Melania Trump said she lost millions after a story published in The Daily Mail in August called her an “elite escort.” The First Lady is allegedly suing the newspaper for $150 million.
Melania Trump said she lost millions as The Daily Mail wrongly smeared her, calling her an “elite escort” by highlighting photos from her past as a model. The First Lady has filed a new $150 lawsuit against the newspaper.
The August 19th article was titled “Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won’t go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump’s Slovenian Wife.”
Melania said that the article contained bogus and defamatory claims that hurt both her reputation and her business interests. She also said that this undermined her “fitness to perform her duties as First Lady of the United States.”
According to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, the article said Melania’s “well-publicized professional modeling career in the 1990s was a ruse, and that she instead worked as an ‘elite escort’ in the ‘sex business,’ among other completely false and highly defamatory statements.”
“Plaintiff was not a sex worker, escort or prostitute in any way, shape or form.”
“Mail Online’s conduct was extreme and outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency in a civilized society,” the civil complaint says.
The article also claimed that Melania lied about when she came to the US, when she met Donald Trump and that their alleged first meeting was “staged.”
The lawsuit claimed that because of the defamatory article, Melania’s brand, “Melania”, which sells jewelry, accessories and skin care products, “has lost significant value” and that “major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her have been lost and/or substantially impacted.”
“The economic damage to Plaintiff’s brand, and licensing, markeying and endorsement opportunities caused by the publication of Mail Online’s defamatory article is multiple millions of dollars.”
The lawsuit also continued to say that Melania “had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson, and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which Plaintiff is one of the most photographed in the world.”