Melania Trump has reportedly been awarded $2.9 million and an apology from U.K.’s Daily Mail and Mail Online for smearing the first lady in print, according to various reports.
The story that got the news outlets tangled in two libel law suits in the U.K. and the U.S. ran under the headline, “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump.”
On its website, the Daily Mail claimed that they “published an article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling.”
According to the Mail, “the article also claimed that Mr. and Mrs. Trump may have met three years before they actually met, and ‘staged’ their actual meeting as a ‘ruse.’”
The apology went like this: “We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her.”
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