First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has won her lawsuit against Britain’s Daily Mail, for spreading false information about her professional modelling career during the campaign. The newspaper has agreed to pay damages and legal costs after publishing an article that included allegations Melania had worked as an escort. The precise amount of the settlement is unknown, but a Reuters report says the settlement is worth close to $3 million, taking into account both legal costs and damages.
A court statement said both the print and online version of the article published last summer contained, “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 modeling.”
The statement, read by solicitor John Kelly, of the Harbottle and Lewis law firm, added: “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.’ These allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true.”