Melania, Trying To Do Damage Control, Amends Her ‘Prostitute’ Defamation Lawsuit

Melania Trump has altered her defamation lawsuit to remove potential profits wording.


Our new First Lady is suing the Mail Online for defamation over an August 2016 article that accused her of once working as a prostitute. She is suing for $150 million because she says the article ruined her chance to use the presidency to make money on a new clothing and accessories line.

Her lawsuit states,

”Mail Online’s conduct was extreme and outrageous in falsely making the scurrilous charge that the future First Lady of the United States worked as a prostitute.”

“Plaintiff had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person…to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world.”

It’s worth noting that Melania’s lawyer, Charles Harder, is the same lawyer who took down Gawker and won Hulk Hogan $140 million on defamation claims.

After Mrs. Trump filed her suit she received a lot of negative backlash over her attempts to use her new position to make money for herself. Clearly conflicts of interest are going to be a regular thing with the entire Trump family.

Richard Painter is a former ethics adviser to President George W. Bush. And he said that Melania’s lawsuit is “an unprecedented, clear breach of rules about using her government position for private gain.”

He added,

“This is a very serious situation where she says she intends to make a lot of money. That ought to be repudiated by the White House or investigated by Congress.”

Other experts have said that Melania’s allegations about hurting her brand could open up the family to unwanted digging through their financial affairs in court.

But late on Tuesday Melania filed an amended suit with the Manhattan Supreme Court. The new suit has deleted her list of planned “product categories” which included “apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance.”

 

The New York Post reports,

“Mrs. Trump is still suing for the same $150 million in reputation damages and adds that the prostitute allegations continue to be repeated, most recently by New York Times journalist Jacob Bernstein at a Fashion Week event. Bernstein later apologized.

In addition to changing the wording in her suit, her lawyer is also trying to do damage control. Regardless of the fact that the Trump family continues to make money off the presidency, Harder says,

“[Mrs. Trump] has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so. It is not a possibility. Any statements to the contrary are being misinterpreted.”

 

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