UK's Daily Mail to pay Melania Trump damages over claims she provided 'services beyond simply modelling'

UK's Daily Mail will pay US First Lady Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology for publishing a story saying the US First Lady had offered 'services beyond simply modelling' in her former job.PHOTO: REUTERS
Ms Melania Trump had filed a US$150 million (S$210 million) lawsuit against the Daily Mail's owner in New York, claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.
Ms Melania Trump had filed a US$150 million (S$210 million) lawsuit against the Daily Mail's owner in New York, claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - US First Lady Melania Trump won an undisclosed payout and apology from a British tabloid that made allegations about her modelling career that struck at the “heart” of her “personal integrity and dignity,” her lawyer said.  

The August 2016 article entitled “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump” contained untrue allegations “which questioned the nature of her work as a model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling,” John Kelly said reading a statement in a London court Wednesday.

“The allegations “strike at the heart of the claimant’s personal integrity and dignity,” he said.  

Although the Mail published a retraction two weeks later, the paper and its website Mail Online stopped short of offering a full apology for what Mrs Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder described as the “100 per cent false” rumours, which were originally carried in a Slovenian magazine, reported the Financial Times.

President Donald Trump’s spouse filed a suit against the British newspaper in the US for US$150 million alleging the article caused “tremendous harm” to her reputation and making it almost impossible to take advantage of  “major business opportunities” available “for a multi-year term during which plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world.”

“The defendant acknowledges that these claims about the claimant are untrue, and we retract and withdraw them,” Catrin Evans, a lawyer for Associated Newspapers, said in court.

Associated Newspapers is owned by Daily Mail & General Trust Plc.