A popular Slovenian magazine just issued an apology to First Lady of the United States Melania Trump, according to the Associated Press. Apparently, the magazine falsely claimed in a past article that Melania had worked as a "high-end escort" while pursuing her international modeling career.
Soon after discovering what Suzy Women's Magazine had said about her, she issued a libel lawsuit against them. He lawyer, Natasa Pirc Musar, confirmed on Friday afternoon that an "out-of-court settlement" had been reached. No details were provided on the settlement, however.
The magazine remarked that it had indeed published the article in August of 2016 in which it remarked that Melania Trump had, in the past, worked for a fashion agency that offered an elite escort service besides modeling.
The Associated Press writes that in their apology, the magazine wrote that their previous article was written to be "understood as if Melania Trump conducted the escort job. We have no proof of that. So we apologize."
"We had no intention to hurt and offend Mrs. Trump," they continued.
“The fact that the case is closed is a proof that even in the future Mrs. Trump will not allow insults and lies on her account and will always react to protect her rights and interests,” they added.
The apology by the magazine was part of the legal settlement that includes an undisclosed sum as compensation. The 47-year-old first lady left Slovenia in her 20s and met businessman Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York City in 1998.
This isn't the first lawsuit that Melania Trump has filed against publications fabricating facts about her life. In fact, according to the Guardian, Melania recently accepted money from The Daily Mail and Mail Online as part of a libel claim about her work as a professional model.
The statement in that article, published in a double-page spread and online during the summer of 2016, included "false and defamatory claims about [Mrs. Trump] which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modeling."
The original story published in the Daily Mail was titled “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump."
The statement at the time wrote that “The allegations strike at the heart of the claimant’s personal integrity and dignity. The claimant has not acted as alleged. The suggestion that such allegations even merit investigation is deeply offensive and has caused a great deal of upset to the claimant.”
"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. To settle Mrs. Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs," wrote the Daily Mail on their website.
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