Melania Trump has been openly critical of the way that she has been covered in the media, but now she’s taken it to a whole new level.
Melania Trump has reportedly filed a lawsuit against The Daily Mail and Maryland blogger Webster G. Tarpley over a story that claimed she was an escort in the 1990s.
The Daily Mail story was published on August 20th and, according to Jezebel, “repeated allegations from a Slovenian magazine, Suzy, which claimed that the modeling agency Trump worked for was also a high-end escort service.” As Politico reports, on August 22, Trump was considering taking legal action against those who spread the claims.
Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, also represented Hulk Hogan in the recent bid that resulted in Gawker’s bankruptcy.
In terms of Melania Trump’s case, Harder claims that,
“All such statements are 100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful. She understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency.”
Three websites that published the claims have since published apologies. Despite their efforts, however, Trump continued to file her suit.
And Melania Trump is now officially suing the Daily Mail and a blogger for $150 million pic.twitter.com/9lm78FaKMf
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) September 1, 2016
This is the first time during her husband’s presidential campaign that Melania Trump has taken legal action against a media outlet.