Melania Trump denies working unlawfully as a model in US
Published 05/08/2016 | 08:01
Melania Trump has furiously denied suggestions she may have broken US immigration law in the 1990s.
It followed the revelation that she had posed for naked photographs as a model in 1995 in New York.
The pictures were published in the French magazine Max in February the following year.
Mrs Trump, the billionaire's third wife, has previously said she arrived in the US from her native Slovenia in 1996, and that she was on a short term visa that did not allow her to work.
After questions were raised about the discrepancy she said in a statement: "Let me set the record straight. I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue."
The photographer who took the naked photographs said Mrs Trump was not paid, which means she could have been in the country legally on a visitor visa.
Hope Hicks, spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, said Mrs Trump had "followed all applicable laws".
She was sponsored for a work visa by a modeling company in 1996. She went on to meet Mr Trump in 1998, married him in 2005, and became a US citizen the following year.
The pictures, and the fact they had been taken in 1995, came to light in recent days and the New York Post republished them under the headline "The Ogle Office".
The row came after it emerged Mrs Trump did not obtain a degree from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, having left after a year to become model.
Her website, where the degree claim appeared, was taken down last week.
She was also at the centre of a controversy during the recent Republican Party convention when it emerged part of her speech had been taken from one Michelle Obama gave eight years ago. A speechwriter admitted responsibility.