The British newspaper, The Telegraph, has agreed to pay Melania Trump “substantial damages” on top of her legal costs after they ran an article last Saturday last week which included several false statements about her life and her family.
Titled “The mystery of Melania,” the story was written by American author Nina Burleigh for the magazine section of The Telegraph newspaper, and included erroneous claims such as suggesting that Melania’s father, Viktor Knavs, controlled the family with a “fearsome presence” and that the former model only became successful after she met now-President Donald Trump, who opened doors for her career.
“We apologize unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations,” the Telegraph wrote.
“Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania,” we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump,” the Telegraph wrote.
“We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false.”
This was not the first time Melania was paid a settlement due to false reports. She was also awarded $2.9 million from the Daily Mail after the paper made false claims about her past as a model and they claimed Melania’s modeling agency also acted as an escort service.