Melania Trump threatens to sue news outlets for defamation

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Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.
Melania Trump waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. Reuters/Mike Segar

Melania Trump has warned media organizations against publishing false information about her as she threatens to sue The Daily Mail and eight other news outlets for raising questions about her immigration history.

The controversial wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hired the law firm of Harder, Miller and Abrams, which eventually sent notices to The Daily Mail, The Week, Politico, Inquisitr, Tarpley, Before It's News, Liberal America, LawNewz, Winning Democrats and Bipartisan Report.

According to lawyer Charles Harder, Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them for making “false and defamatory” statements about her supposedly having been an “escort” in the 1990s.

“All such statements are 100 percent false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.

“She understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency.”

Melania Trump's immigration history

The notice was sent to the news outlets after the Daily Mail published a story citing a Slovenian journalist who spotted irregularities in Melania’s claims about her immigration history and a book that claimed Melania’s modeling agency in Milan also operated “like a gentleman’s club.”

But the 46-year-old First Lady hopeful dismissed all negative insinuations about her immigration status saying, “I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period. Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue.”

Since Mrs. Trump’s lawyers sent the notices, the Inquisitr, Bipartisan Report and Tarpley published an apology and retracted their reports against the First Lady hopeful.

After landing on the headlines of global news agencies for delivering a “plagiarised“ speech at the Republican National Convention, Mrs. Trump went viral on social media after the New York Post published nude photos of the 25-year-old Slovenian model on its July 31st issue. Melania’s photos appeared on the January 1996 issue of the now-defunct Max magazine. (Click here for detailed story)