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Melania Trump re-files libel lawsuit over escort rumor

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    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived for the Red Cross Gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Saturday.

ROCKVILLE, Md. >> First lady Melania Trump has re-filed a libel lawsuit against the corporation that publishes the Daily Mail’s website, this time in New York, for reporting rumors that she worked as an escort.

In the new filing today, the first lady’s attorneys argue the report damaged her ability to profit off her high profile.

Mrs. Trump, the filing states, “had the unique, one-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model, brand spokesperson and successful businesswoman, 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.”

Those product categories, it goes on to say, could have included apparel, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care and fragrance, among others.

Trump had previously filed the lawsuit against Mail Media Inc. in Maryland, but a judge earlier this month ruled the case shouldn’t be filed in Maryland and dismissed it. The lawsuit now filed in New York, where the corporation has offices, seeks compensatory and punitive damages of at least $150 million.

Trump had sued Mail Media Inc. along with blogger Webster Tarpley for reporting the rumors. Trump filed the lawsuit in Maryland after both Tarpley and the Daily Mail issued retractions. The lawsuit against Tarpley has been allowed to move ahead in Maryland.

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  • So Melania is claiming “damages” for the loss of the opportunity to exploit being first lady for own her personal gain. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for the promised press conference where she will prove that she was not an illegal immigrant.

    • The article in the Daily Mail appeared in Mid-August, well before the election and with no guarantee of becoming First Lady. Based upon your comments, you would just quietly ignore widely published articles stating that you or your spouse were sex workers.

      • She just re-filed the lawsuit, after the election, claiming that she has lost a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” And what would that “once in a lifetime opportunity be? Ivanka was justifiably blasted for waving a bracelet around during a TV interview and then hawking it the next day on her website. That was nothing compared to what Melania seems to have had in mind. Dues at Mar-A-Lago were doubled as part of a money-making scheme to sell access to the President to a list of members that Trump is trying to keep secret. Trump has claimed that ethics and conflict of interest standards and laws don’t apply to him. His sons have similarly tried to sell access. It’s a family of grifters.

        • BS: There was no plan to market any Melania products during her tenure as First Lady. Please reference one if there is. It is easy to assume that you don’t know anything about brand development or positioning. If a baseless but published report of you or your spouse were involved in the sex trade, do you think it might have some bearing on your future personal or business relationships?

          Perhaps you should review the Clinton’s moneymaking schemes.

      • Richard Painter, White House ethics counsel under President George W. Bush, said, “There has never been a first lady of the United States who insinuated that she intended to make a lot of money because of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity of being first lady,”

  • The clear goal is to put out of business anyone who says anything against a Trump, even if there is an apology and a retraction. These people are vindicative as all get out.

  • It is very unfair that SCOTUS is being harrased by the very people that endorse tolerance and strong women. Not one SCAR TUS has had this type of harrassment and the left is silent. I guess they only back up people they like. Bullying will be a great topic for her since she is abused daily by the media.

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