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Legal victory

Melania Trump wins damages in lawsuit over tabloid’s retracted story claiming she was an escort

April 12, 2017

Sensational British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail has reached a settlement with first lady Melania Trump after reporting that she had worked as an escort during her modeling years, a story the paper later retracted. Trump originally sought damages for $150 million, and while the sum she settled for was not disclosed in court, it is reported to be closer to $3 million, including legal costs and damages. The story, which was published during the presidential campaign in August last year, claimed among other things that she “provided services beyond simply modeling” and that she and Donald Trump may have met three years before they actually did. Melania Trump’s lawyer claimed those allegations “strike at the heart” of his client’s “personal integrity and dignity.” The Daily Mail, known for its salacious content and over-the-top headlines, found itself in hot water after running a sexist headline next to a photo of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon late last month. The “Legs-It!” headline drew condemnation from around the world.

Read the full story at BBC.


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