Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Melania Trump Settles Lawsuit With Blogger

Melania Trump has settled out of court with a blogger who she was suing for defamation. The first lady agreed to bring the matter to a close after Webster Griffin Tarpley, the blogger in question, agreed to compensate Trump with a “substantial sum” as well as issue a public apology.

“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” Tarpley said in a statement released by Trump’s legal team. “I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them. I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologise to Mrs Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”

Tarpley is not a blogger as we have come to imagine them, rather he is a 70-year-old author and historian, who often publishes conspiracy theories about major events including 911. He is also not the only publisher who has met with the first lady’s ire on the matter, since news of the settlement comes on the same day that Trump decided to refile her libel lawsuit in New York against the Daily Mail’s parent company, Mail Online. Trump asserts that the newspaper cost her a lucrative business deal, The New York Times reports, after publishing similar unfounded allegations.

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