Melania Trump Threatens to Sue Daily Mail and Other Publications Over ‘Defamatory Statements’

Melania Trump waits for her husband as he holds a campaign rally on Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Melania Trump waits for her husband as he holds a campaign rally on Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

Melania Trump has warned the Daily Mail and other outlets that there will be legal action against them over articles about her past, accusations that her lawyer called “100% false.”

“Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s,” Charles Harder, a lawyer representing Trump, said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. “All such statements are 100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.”

“She understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency,” Harder continued.

One of the articles Harder is referring to came out last week and raised questions about Trump’s biography, according to Harder. Politico first reported the news.

On Monday, Trump tweeted out links to apologies from Inquisitir and BipartisanReport, two outlets that had published articles with similar allegations.

SOURCE: Eliza Collins  
USA TODAY