In August, just months before the election, the Daily Mail ran a story on the first lady titled “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump”.
As reported by Bloomberg, It contained allegations “which questioned the nature of her work as a model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling,” as stated by her attorney, John Kelly.
That was part of a statement that was read in court today. “The allegations “strike at the heart of the claimant’s personal integrity and dignity,” he continued.
Melania Trump filed a suit again the paper for $150 million due to “tremendous harm” to her career and reputation.
She has been awarded nearly $3 million as reported by someone connected to the settlement. The spoke under anonymity because the settlement hasn’t been made public.
“The defendant acknowledges that these claims about the claimant are untrue, and we retract and withdraw them,” Catrin Evans, a lawyer for Associated Newspapers, said in court. Associated Newspapers is owned by Daily Mail & General Trust Plc.
The tabloid published an apology on its website after the court hearing, saying “We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her.” The statements, apologies and payouts settle both the U.K. and U.S suits.
This is one of the largest settlement payouts of its kind as they rarely exceed $250,000 for this kind of case.
Perhaps this will make those who report fake news step back and rethink doing it.
I know Americans are sick of having to do research every time they read an article to find out if it’s true.
Good for Mrs. Trump.