Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Melania Trump taking legal action against Daily Mail for defamation

Melania Trump has started legal action against the Daily Mail and other outlets for what she claims is a defamatory article about her past.
Charles Harder, an attorney for Trump, said in an email that the legal action goes beyond just the Daily Mail and is not limited to the United Kingdom, where the Daily Mail is headquartered.
"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,"

 Harder said 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."


Harder was in the news recently for representing Hulk Hogan in his successful bid to sue Gawker, bankrolled by Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in July.
The article in question was published last week by the Daily Mail and questions Trump's biography and history as as model.
Other news organizations in the United Kingdom were warned about publishing the allegations as well. Another British newspaper sent a note to employees which was shared with POLITICO, warning them about publishing similar allegations.
On Monday Trump tweeted out a link to an Inquisitr and BipartisanReport apologizing for publishing an article that repeated the allegations.
The Daily Mail had not responded to a request for comment as of publishing. We will add their response when they do.

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