As we approach the inauguration, headlines about the Trump family are becoming increasingly surreal. There is only a month until Melania Trump becomes First Lady — but not before she goes to court to battle against claims made by blogger Webster Tarpley and The Daily Mail which alleged that she was a professional escort.
CBS News notes that in suits such as these, clients themselves rarely attend (the blogger in question, for example, was not present). Why Melania showed up in court herself is unclear and a statement from her team doesn't help explain things: “Mrs. Trump was not required to attend the court conference, but chose to do so, to meet the Judge, meet opposing counsel, and show her commitment to the case... Mrs. Trump looks forward to seeing the case to a successful conclusion.” Uh, sure?
The Washington Post adds that: "Trump arrived and departed without using a public entrance, which is not uncommon for high-profile plaintiffs or defendants."
The suit in question addresses an article which stated that Melania worked as a "call girl" in Milan in the 90's. The post was paired with nude photos of Melania. Trump has characterized the report as false and filed suit in September to combat the claims.
CBS similarly notes that once Melania becomes Fist Lady, battling libel and slander in court will become rather difficult: "It is almost impossible to win a defamation suit if you’re First Lady."
The trial is ongoing.
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