After a maintaining a relatively low profile following the Republican National Convention,Melania Trump is speaking out in a major way—specifically,regarding an unsubstantiated personal attack.
It's understood that running for president comes with a high level of scrutiny,a fair amount of which is dedicated to close examinations of the candidates' families.Such is the case for the unpredictable 2016 election season,but unlike other presidential races,the deep dive into the candidates' personal lives has,at times,turned darker than any time prior.Case in point: ADaily Mailreport accusingMelania Trumpof once being an escort.This was a new level of ugliness,even by the feisty standards of election 2016,and now Melania is fighting back.
On Thursday,Melania Trumpfiled a defamation suitagainst the U.S.publisher of the British tabloid,as well as an unrelated blogger named Webster Tarpley,for publishing a story earlier this summer that alleged she served as an escort in the 1990s.TheDaily Mailwas one of several publications that reprinted content from the Slovenian magazineSuzythat suggested Trump's former modeling agent also operated an escort agency—a service the magazine claimed Mrs.Trump had ties to.
Both theDaily Mailand Tarpley issued retractions,with theMail saying:
The retraction,however,was not sufficient for Trump,who decided to take legal action because,as theHuffington Post reports,the story was "tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation." And Melania is not messing around: She's seeking $150 million in damages and hired Charles Harder—the same lawyer who successfully represented Hulk Hogan in his multi-million dollar suit against Gawker—to provide her with legal counsel.With Harder,otherwise known as "Hollywood's favorite lawyer," by her side and less than 70 days until the general election,this could be major.