Prior to her husband’s win on Election Day, rumors had been circulating that model Melania Trump had once been a highly paid escort. The rumor was published as a rumor by several online websites and in the Daily Mail.
When the rumors were published, Melania Trump threatened to sue, and retractions were issued and apologies made. But Mrs. Trump decided to sue anyway, taking Mail Media, owner of Daily Mail, and a Maryland blogger, to court. The suit against Mail Media was thrown out, with the judge stating she had filed in the wrong district. However, Melania Trump re-filed the suit on Monday, this time in New York City, where Mail Media is headquartered.
The suit is asking for $150 million in damages, and according to The Washington Post, papers filed reveal that the Slovenian model is not concerned that rumors of a former life as a prostitute would damage her reputation as first lady of the United States and embarrass the country. According to reports, Melania Trump is mad because damaging her reputation would reduce her worth as a highly paid product spokeswoman.
Although Melania Trump has decided not to move into the White House and perform her duties as first lady, she seems to feel that being first lady will allow her to cash in on millions of dollars of sponsorships for accessories, jewelry, and cosmetics.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday in New York Supreme Court, claims that the Daily Mail caused Melania’s “brand” to lose major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her.
Many have suspected that her husband, former reality TV star, Donald Trump, has planned to leverage his presidency into business growth. He has yet to fully divest himself of his domestic and international business interests (putting him in conflict with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution that governs the business relationships of any American president), and Trump has already made millions from his campaign alone, hiring out rooms in his hotels and flights on his planes with campaign donations to the tune of $12.5 million, according to CNN Money.
Melania Trump, not beholden to any laws governing her finances, isn’t even trying to hide the fact that she sees her role as first lady of the United States as some kind of cash cow and a chance to score her own tidy fortune.
According to NBC News the lawsuit states that:
“[Melania Trump] had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model, brand spokesperson, and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories.
“These product categories would have included, among other things, apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance… As a result of defendant’s publication of defamatory statements about plaintiff, plaintiff’s brand has lost significant value, and major business opportunities that were otherwise available to her have been lost and/or significantly impacted.”
Melania Trump is using attorney Charles Harder, the same lawyer that filed the suit on behalf of Hulk Hogan against Gawker, winning the former wrestler $140 million in damages for invasion of privacy, and effectively shutting down the gossip website.
Melania Trump has settled out of court with the Maryland blogger, Webster Tarpley, 71, who apologized and reportedly paid her a substantial sum.
Although many politicians and their spouses use their contacts in political life to look for income opportunities, it’s truly sad that the Trumps don’t even try to be discreet about it.
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