Melania Trump refiles $150m Mail Online libel suit in New York

US First Lady Melania Trump refiles libel suit against the Daily Mail Online publisher in New York City

Melania Trump has sued the publisher of the Mail Online for libel after it claimed she used to be a sex worker in the 1990s during her husband's election campaign

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Melania Trump has refiled a libel lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail Online in New York City. 

Last August, during the US presidential election campaign, the website published a report regarding allegations surrounding a modelling agency the now-US First Lady worked for in the 90s. A Slovenian magazine claimed the agency also operated as an escort business. 

Denials were quickly issued by representatives of Mrs. Trump in both the US and UK, with the sex worker allegations described as categorically false.

Despite the website issuing a retraction, she moved to take legal action, filing a libel suit in Maryland against Mail Media Inc. This was later dismissed because the judge ruled it shouldn't have been filed in that state.

In the suit, lawyers have claimed the Mail Online's report damaged Mrs. Trump's ability to profit from her high profile, and that it caused her to lose business opportunities. 

She is seeking punitive damages with an estimated worth of $150 millon.