According to Sky News, First Lady Melania Trump has won $3 million and an apology from publisher Associated Newspapers after the Daily Mail claimed in August (using a sensational double-page spread) that the former-supermodel had worked for an escort service prior to her modeling career taking off.
The newspaper falsely claimed that the modeling agency the First Lady worked for in Italy was “something of a gentleman’s club” and that her agency in New York “operated as an escort service for wealthy clients.”
Like the mainstream media’s ongoing campaign to pretend there was some sort of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, the Daily Mail admitted it had no evidence to back up its smear.
The lawyer for Associated Newspapers told the judge:
“The defendant acknowledges that these claims about the claimant [Melania Trump] are untrue, and we retract and withdraw them.
“The defendant is here today publicly to set the record straight, and to apologise to the claimant for any distress and embarrassment that the articles may have caused her.”
In a statement, the Daily Mail said,
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her.”
The Guardian reports that Mrs. Trump’s original suit sought damages of $150 million and that she has accepted the newspaper’s apology.