“The Mail Online website and the Daily Mail newspaper published an article on August 20 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,” read the Daily Mail’s retraction today. “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’.”
The story in which the false allegations ran during the US presidential campaign last year. Trump filed her lawsuit in February this year, shortly after her husband’s inauguration, seeking damages of $150m (£120m), reports the BBC.
“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.” The final amount awarded to Trump in today’s hearing at London’s High Court was not disclosed.
Melania Trump Settles Lawsuit With Blogger
It isn’t the first time that Trump has pursued someone for making false claims about her. In February she settled out of court with a blogger who she was suing for defamation, agreeing to bring the matter to a close after Webster Griffin Tarpley, the blogger in question, agreed to compensate Trump with a “substantial sum” as well as issue a public apology.