Following British newspaper article hinting she worked as escort, Melania Trump will receive damages

The British Daily Mail newspaper has agreed to pay damages to the US President’s wife and to apologize to her following an article claiming she provided escort services while working as a model.
Melania Trump Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the British Daily Mail tabloid newspaper agreed to pay Melania Trump damages and to issue an apology following an article hinting she provided escort services in the past.

Even before the court reached a decision, an agreement was reached between the parties. The newspaper’s management agreed to pay an unpublished sum in damages. According to Reuters news agency, the sides reached an agreed sum of 3 million dollars.

Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The Daily Mail's official apology stated: “The article included statements that Mrs. Trump denied the allegations and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modelling agency, also denied the allegations, and the article also stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations.”

“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,’” it added. “We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs. Trump's two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”

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