$3 Million Dollar Apology
Back in February, we published a story about First Lady Melania Trump’s defamation suit against The Daily Mail. The lawsuit was filed in response to a fake story that suggested Melania had also earned money working as an escort back when she was a model. It was certainly no coincidence that the story came-out during her husband’s presidential campaign.
According to her lawyers, the story not only damaged her personal reputation, it also threatened her ability to earn create a commercial brand for herself in the future. The publisher issued a facetious retraction, however, it was nothing more than another veiled attempt to defame her a second time. She never received an apology.
Now, Melania has not only received an apology, but she has received a very expensive apology. It was announced this week, that the first lady has settled the suit out-of-court for $3 million. She initially sought $150 million in damages, but in a statement on the matter, Melania’s lawyer said she was “very pleased” with the outcome.
In addition, her lawyer made it clear that she will continue to fight for and protect her reputation from any who might make…
False and Defamatory Statements
The Daily Mail also posted their apology to Mrs. Trump online. In part, the apology stated:
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”
Unfortunately, the internet is forever. There will always be people who will believe the allegations regardless of apologies and retractions. This is what happens when they’re They willing to sell their reputations for hit pieces and headlines. Hopefully, publications like this will learn that it is far more important to tell the truth, or say nothing at all, than it is to tell million-dollar lies.