First Lady Melania Trump just won a major battle against the media.
British newspaper the Telegraph has agreed to pay the First Lady “substantial damages” and her legal expenses after publishing an article packed with “false statements.”
Among other salacious allegations, the papers claimed Melania Trump only because successful after she met Donald Trump and Trump’s father “controlled” the family with a “fearsome presence.”
In an official apology to Melania Trump, the paper wrote:
“We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modeling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.
We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.”
Once again, Melania proved she is a fighter. Her spokesperson, Stephanie Griffin, made it clear to CNN that the first lady will not allow the media to spread misinformation about her.
“She will not sit by as people and media outlets make up lies and false assertions in a race for ratings or to sell tabloid headlines,” Griffin said.
It’s not the first time Melania has taken the media to the cleaners either.
“Melania was also awarded $2.9 million from the Daily Mail after the paper made false claims about her past as a model. The Mail had claimed Melania’s modeling agency also acted as an escort service,” the Daily Wire reported.
The lesson: Don’t mess with the First Lady — or it will cost you.