The wife of the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the process of filing a lawsuit against the Daily Mail – as well as a few other media outlets — for reporting she worked as a paid “escort” prior to marrying the self-described billionaire.
According to Politico, an attorney for the former model said that several media organizations have been put on notice to expect legal action for defaming the potential First Lady.
“Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an “escort” in the 1990s,” attorney Charles Harder stated in an email. “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.”
Last week the Daily Mail made the allegations in an article questioning Melania Trump’s background including questions over whether she had ever graduated college, which might lead to another legal battle.
According to Politico, other media organizations warned their staffers against reporting on the unsubstantiated rumors, however the Daily Mail went forward leading to a possible court battle.