Just hours after being hit today with a potentially $150 million defamation lawsuit by Melania Trump over a story that the potential First Lady was once an escort, The Daily Mail has now retracted the August 20 article.
“To the extent that anything in the Daily Mail’s article was interpreted as stating or suggesting that Mrs. Trump worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business,’ that she had a ‘composite or presentation card for the sex business,’ or that either of the modeling agencies referenced in the article were engaged in these businesses, it is hereby retracted, and the Daily Mail newspaper regrets any such misinterpretation,” said the multi-paragraph statement published on the UK newspaper’s website on Thursday (read it in full here)
The Mail’s new and contrite stance seems very in line with the lawsuit from the wife of GOP Presidential nominee Domald Trump, which was filed today in Maryland by attorney Charles Handler of Beverly Hills firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP and Rockville, Maryland lawyer Donna McBride.
“The statements of fact in the Daily Mail Article are false,” says the 10-page jury trial seeking filing of the ‘Racy photos, and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump’ entitled piece. “Plaintiff did legitimate and legal modeling work for legitimate business entities and did not work for any ‘gentleman’s club’ or ‘escort’ agencies,” it notes. “Plaintiff was not a sex worker, escort or prostitute in any way, shape or form, nor did she ever have a composite or presentation card for the sex business.”
No word yet if Melania Trump will be withdrawing her lawsuit with the Daily Mail’s retraction. No tweets from her husband on the matter yet either.