Jacob Bernstein Sorry For Calling Melania Trump A Hooker

The New York Times reporter who called Melania Trump a “hooker” at a private event on Sunday has apologized, saying he wants to “take ownership of a mistake” he made.

Jacob Bernstein, the son of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and the late writer-director Nora Ephron, came forward on Tuesday to identify himself as the journalist who repeated what he called “unfounded rumors” about the first lady in a conversation with model-actress Emily Ratajkowski.

“Speaking at a party in what I thought was a personal conversation, I nevertheless made a stupid remark about the first lady,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “My editors have made it clear my behavior was not in keeping with the standards of the Times, and I agree.”

Bernstein, a reporter on the paper’s Style section who co-directed the 2016 HBO documentary “Everything is Copy,” about his mother, added, “My mistake, referring to unfounded rumors, shouldn’t reflect on anyone else and I apologize profusely.”

Ratajkowski took to Twitter on Monday to tear into an — at the time — unnamed New York Times reporter for “slut-shaming” POTUS’ wife at a private event in New York City on Sunday.

“Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker.’ Whatever your politics it’s crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming. I don’t care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should,” Ratajkowski wrote.

She went on to add, “Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bullsh-.” Although she declined to identify the journalist in question, she did identify the person as male in a later tweet.

On Monday, the publication confirmed to TheWrap that the previously unidentified reporter made a “completely inappropriate” remark about Trump, and that the reporter has been spoken to by editors for the newspaper.

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