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Melania Trump filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Daily Mail and a Maryland political blogger for defamation for publishing what she said are false stories about her past.
Trump is suing the outlets — which include Webster Griffin Tarpley, who runs Tarpley.net, a political website — over stories that claimed she worked as a “high-end escort” and that she suffered from a “full-blown nervous breakdown” due to the stress of the campaigning, according to her complaint. The suit said Trump is suing each outlet for “in excess” of $75,000 — her lawyer said she will seek $150 million.
Trump states in her lawsuit that those accusations are blatantly false.
“[Trump] did legitimate and legal modeling work for legitimate business entities,” the complaint states. “[Trump] was not an escort or prostitute. [Trump] did not have an apoplectic fit, apoplectic tantrum, nervous breakdown or mental breakdown, nor is she terrified or obsessed by fear about revelations from her past.”
Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, recently represented Hulk Hogan in his battle with Gawker. He released this statement on behalf of his client:
“These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation. Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world—without any justification,” he said.
“Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an “escort” in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million dollars.”
BuzzFeed News reached out to Tarpley and the Daily Mail for comment.
Read Melania Trump’s lawsuit here