The Daily Mail has apologised to Melania Trump this morning after she filed a $150 million lawsuit against the newspaper over an article in August.
And this may end up being very costly for the newspaper.
We’ll let Trump’s lawyer explain the charges, in a statement released last night:
These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation. […]
Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million.
Ouch! That could put a serious dent in Dacre’s pay-packet.
Two hours after the statement was released, following the filing of the lawsuit, the Mail published a retraction online and in print.
It also deleted the original story.
The article, which was also published online by the Mailonline/DailyMail.com website under the headline ‘Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won’t go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump’s Slovenian wife’ did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations are true, nor did it intend to state or suggest that Mrs. Trump ever worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business.’
To the contrary, The Daily Mail newspaper article stated that there was no support for the allegations, and it provided adamant denials from Mrs. Trump’s spokesperson and from Mr. Zampolli.
The point of the article was that these allegations could impact the U.S. presidential election even if they are untrue.
That is quite an ‘apology’.
The Daily Mail is saying the story could have impacted the election even if untrue… though that’s only possible if a major publication ran the story in the first place.
The lawyer representing Trump told CNN they would go ahead with the lawsuit despite The Daily Mail’s retraction.
This could become very painful for the Mail.
We won’t be shedding any tears.