First Lady Melania Trump is often criticized for being away from the public eye, but she’s just proven once again that you will feel her presence if you defame her family.
In November, 2016, Trump went after YouTube user James Hunter for a video he posted that alleged the First Son Barron Trump had autism. Hunter was forced to take the video down and issue a formal apology.
In August 2016, Tarpley reported on “rumors” that the first lady was a “high-end escort” during her early modeling days. Maryland Judge Sharon Burrell ruled in favor of Trump and said:
“There could be no more defamatory statement than to call a woman a prostitute.”
The lawsuit was settled in January and Tarpley agreed to pay a “substantial sum” as a settlement. While how substantial the sum was remains a mystery, a separate lawsuit has given the world a price tag on how much defaming the first family could cost you.
The Daily Mail also published a similar story and according to a statement by her attorney received by Independent Journal Review, the article claimed that she may have met President Donald Trump three years before they “staged” their actual meeting.
Her attorney’s statement also said that the article admitted to having no evidence for the allegations and included that both Trump and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modeling agency, denied the claims.
A lawsuit was filed in September 2016, and the two parties reached a settlement that was announced on Wednesday. The Daily Mail agreed to print a retraction and the apology that was issued in the statement:
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.
As part of the settlement, the Daily Mail agreed to pay her “damages and costs,” which CNN identified as $2.9 million.
While Mrs. Trump seems perfectly content to a more private life, her past legal actions seem to signal that just because she may be out of sight, it doesn’t mean she’ll stand for rumors being spread about her in public.