Melania Trump has settled her defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger, Webster Griffin Tarpley.
Tarpley has agreed to pay a “substantial sum” and has issued an apology to Trump, the first lady’s attorneys said, the Washington Post reported.
Tarpley’s statement said:
“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her. 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 apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”
The statement comes after Tarpley in August published allegations that the first lady once worked for an escort service in the 1990s and suffered a “nervous breakdown” during the presidential campaign.
Later in August, Tarpley published a formal retraction of the post, saying the initial article referenced “unfounded rumors and innuendo.”
“While the tarpley.net editors, writers and contributors did not generate said rumors, the briefing in question was not diligence in fact-checking or maintaining a healthy distance between innuendo and fact,” the retraction said.
Many liberal bloggers and websites reposted the original report that came from the Daily Mail, and all of those sites were threatened to be sued. Only Tarpley didn’t take down his post quickly enough and didn’t offer to apologize quickly enough. So now he must pay a multi-billionaire a large amount of money.
Trump in September filed a lawsuit against the company that publishes the Daily Mail’s website and the Maryland blogger over the story alleging the first lady had been an escort in the 1990’s.
A judge earlier this month dismissed the case against the Daily Mail in Maryland on jurisdictional grounds, ruling the lawsuit should not have been filed in the state. Mail Media Inc. has corporate offices in New York, according to multiple reports. The first lady earlier this month re-filed the $150 million libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail in New York.