By Ganiyat Ganiyu
Daily Mail has agreed to pay United States First Lady Melania Trump $2.9m damages to settle a lawsuit filed by the first lady after the publisher made false claims about her work as a professional model.
The settlement was announced in a joint statement from the Daily Mail and Trump’s lawyers.
“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 the statement.
Recall that Melania Trump filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail for publishing “salacious and highly offensive statements about her,”
The statement filed in the New York Supreme Court focuses on a story published by Mail Online on August 19, 2016.
Trump will be paid about $2.9 million in damages and costs, according to a source familiar with the settlement.
The Mail article questioned the nature of the work undertaken by Trump in the 1990s, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling.