Sunday 28 May 2017

Melania Trump refiles lawsuit against Daily Mail publishers over reporting of escort rumours

Melania Trump and her husband, US president Donald Trump (AP)
Melania Trump and her husband, US president Donald Trump (AP)
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a Super Bowl party at their resort in Florida on Sunday night. Photo: AP Photo/Susan Walsh
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US first lady Melania Trump has refiled a €140m (£121m) libel lawsuit against the corporation that publishes the Daily Mail's website, this time in New York, for reporting rumours that she worked as an escort.

In the new filing, Mrs Trump's lawyers argue the report damaged her ability to profit from 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 clothing, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, hair care and fragrance, among others.

Mrs Trump had previously filed the lawsuit against Mail Media Inc in Maryland, but earlier this month a judge ruled the case should not be filed there 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 dollars.

Mrs Trump had sued Mail Media Inc, along with blogger Webster Tarpley, for reporting the rumours.

She filed the lawsuit in Maryland after both Mr Tarpley and the Daily Mail issued retractions.

The lawsuit against Mr Tarpley has been allowed to move ahead in Maryland.

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