First Lady Melania Trump wins ‘substantial’ settlement in defamation lawsuit


Melania Trump has won a “substantial” amount of money in a settlement with a Maryland blogger who published claims that Melania once worked as an escort, the New York Post reported.

“The first lady of the United States has settled her lawsuit again­st Webster Griffin Tarpley of Maryland,” said Matthew Black­ett, one of Melania’s attor­neys.

“Mr. Tarpley has issued the attached retrac­tion and apolo­gy to Mrs. Trump and her family, and agreed to pay her a substan­tial sum as a settle­ment,” Black­ett said in a state­ment.

In his state­ment obtained by the Post, Tarpley said he posted an article “replete with false and defam­a­to­ry state­ments” about Melania without any “legit­i­mate factu­al basis” and apolo­gized to the first lady.

The settle­ment comes less than two weeks after Montgomery County Circuit Judge Sharon Burrell reject­ed arguments by Tarpley’s lawyers that the suit should be dismissed, the Wrap report­ed.

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