Back in December, it was reported that Melania Trump was taking to the courts to fight claims that she worked as an escort. Now, The Washington Post reports that Melania is saying she lost a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and "multimillion dollar business relationships” due to the allegedly fallacious article.
The suit has been launched against Mail Media, owner of the notorious Daily Mail. In it, The First Lady (yes, still weird to write that!) claims that articles which labelled her as a former call girl have damaged her brand and caused her to lose “significant value” as well as “major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her" including the possibility of launching "a broad-based commercial brand.”
“These product categories would have included, among other things, apparel accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance,” wrote attorney Charles Harder.
The suit also claims that statements made about Melania's sexual history “impugned her fitness to perform her duties as First Lady of the United States.”
Melania's statements have raised eyebrows amongst legal scholars and ethicists who note the unprecedentedness of a First Lady attempting to make money off her title: “There has never been a first lady of the United States who insinuated that she intended to make a lot of money because of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity of being first lady,” said Richard Painter, a White House ethics counsel. Painter is participating in a different lawsuit which goes after Donald Trump's business pursuits that quite obviously run counter to Trump's role as The Actual President Of The Damn Country.
The Daily Mail has notably retracted the article in question, with the clarification that they did not “intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an ‘escort’ or in the sex business.” Mail Media has gone on to argue that article did not count as libel or slander because it “discussed allegations that had been disseminated about the then-potential first lady, and the impact even false rumors could have on the presidential race.”
Meanwhile, Melania remains shrouded in mystery as she has taken to her throne in a literal golden tower in Manhattan rather than moving to The White House with the rest of her family.
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