The Daily Mail retracted its Aug. 20 article that claimed Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump was an escort in the 1990s, following her filing of a lawsuit against the newspaper.
As iMediaEthics reported this afternoon, Trump’s lawyer confirmed the lawsuit against the Daily Mail and a Maryland blogger were filed today. Last month, Trump put several news outlets on notice for potential lawsuits.
We wrote to the Mail for comment and a Mail spokesperson pointed us to tonight’s retraction.
The retraction noted that the original Daily Mail article “stated that there was no support for the allegations, and it provided adamant denials from Mrs. Trump’s spokesperson and from Mr. Zampolli,” who ran Trump’s former modeling agency. The Mail said it “did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations are true, nor did it intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business.'”
The Daily Mail claimed “the point of the article was that these allegations could impact the the U.S. presidential election even if they are untrue.”
The Daily Mail went on,
“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.
“The Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline/DailyMail.com have entirely separate editors and journalistic teams.
“In so far as MailOnline/DailyMail.com published the same article it wholeheartedly also retracts the above and also regrets any such misinterpretation.”