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Win a multi-million dollar legal settlement AND receive an apology after being smeared by fake news in the mainstream press -- what's not to like?

The UK Daily Mail and Daily Mail Online have agreed to settle Melania Trump's lawsuit for $2.9 million for an article that claimed the First Lady worked as a call girl.

The article, published Aug. 19, 2016 during the run-up to the U.S. election, was titled: "Naked photo shoots and troubling questions about visas that won't go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump's Slovenian wife."

Sounds titillating. Too bad it was all a big, fat, foreign tabloid lie.

“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her,” the Daily Mail and Mail Online said in a statement.

It should be noted that the Daily Mail Online has significant readership and with it considerable influence in the U.S.

The 46-year-old First Lady filed the lawsuit claiming she lost millions after the story ran using "elite escort" to describe her work as a professional model during the 1990s.

The suit added that Trump's licensing and brand name were damaged by the fake news story and that it undermined her "fitness to perform her duties as First Lady of the U.S."

"Mail Online's conduct was extreme and outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency in a civilized society," according to the civil complaint, which described the article as a "scurrilous charge that the future First Lady of the United States worked as a prostitute."

UK tabloids such as the Daily Mail are known for their raunchy and sometimes outrageous content aimed at increasing market share and audience.

But for the Daily Mail and Daily Mail Online to knowingly publish false claims that Melania Trump worked as a high-class ho' -- using her career as a model as cover, no less -- is beyond the pale even by low fake news standards.

Trump filed the suit hoping to win $150 million in damages -- an extraordinary sum, to be sure, for defamatory comments that seemed to have no other purpose than to further tarnish the public image of candidate Donald Trump.

A $2.9 million settlement and an apology are the least these two "news" organizations could pay for slander against the First Lady.

Pardon us for gloating.

Please share this on Facebook if Melania Trump deserved a larger settlement amount.

Source: Pam Geller

 

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