Melania Trump is suing a 70-year old blogger (and The Daily Mail) for $150 million dollars—even after they both apologized and retracted their stories.
The stories reported that Melania Trump briefly worked as an escort when she first came to the United States.
Kellyanne Conway discussed the issue on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and the entire issue is incredibly worrisome.
From Law Newz:
Earlier this year, Melania Trump hired Los Angeles-based attorney, Charles Harder, who has gained national fame for representing Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker. The jury’s $140 million verdict bankrupted the gossip website.
Trump’s wife, Melania, subsequently signed Harder up to defend her in a handful of cases.
The one that is particularly troubling is her continued insistence in pressing a $150 million case against a 70-year-old unknown blogger from Maryland.
So what did Mr. Webster Tarpley from Maryland do to get the First Lady-elect so mad? He said mean things apparently, and spewed “false rumors.”
On his website, Tarpley.net, he blogged about how there were reports that Melania suffered from a “breakdown” after accusations she plagiarized portions of her speech at the GOP Convention, according to court documents. (By the way, she did in fact plagiarize portions of her speech).
He also reportedly blogged about “rumors” from other sources that Melania once worked as a high-end escort.
The rumors were based on other news outlets reports that came out that said she had. The Daily Mail published a similar story, which has since been retracted, but Melania sued them as well.
In a court filing to get the case dismissed, Tarpley accused Melania of acting in bad faith by filing the lawsuit, because she filed it after Tarpley “immediately” complied with Trump’s attorneys request to retract the article and apologize.
When Maddow asked Kellyanne Conway if Melania plans to continue with the lawsuit as First Lady, she responded, “I don’t know the course of the lawsuit, meaning where it is in the process right now, but she has the right to to defend herself.”