Friday 20 April 2018

Melania Trump refiles Daily Mail lawsuit and drops reference to 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to profit from her brand

US First Lady Melania Trump listens as her husband, US President Donald Trump addresses a rally in Melbourne, Florida
US First Lady Melania Trump listens as her husband, US President Donald Trump addresses a rally in Melbourne, Florida
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave from Air Force One after a "Make America Great Again" rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, U.S. February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walk to pose for a photograph before attending dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
First steps: Fashionistas were closely watching first family icons Melania (pictured) and Ivanka Trump this weekend Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

The first lady has refiled a lawsuit against the publishers of the Daily Mail, dropping the reference to a missed "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to profit from her brand.

Melania Trump was the subject of scrutiny when the detail of her lawsuit emerged, with some questioning if she planned to profit from her time as first lady.

The lawsuit centres on a story ran by the Daily Mail which reported allegations that Ms Trump once worked as an escort. The article was later retracted.

She is seeking damages of €141m.

The new lawsuit focuses on the emotional distress caused by the article.

"[The] false and defamatory statements about [Mrs Trump] have caused tremendous harm to [her] personal and professional reputation and prospective economic opportunities, as well as causing her significant humiliation and emotional distress," the filing reads, according to the BBC.

Initially it said that Mrs Trump had the "unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... 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 [she] is one of the most photographed women in the world".

Ms Trump denied, through her lawyers, that there was any plans to gain financially from her husband's term in the White House.

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