Ever since Donald Trump first entered the political scene, his wife Melania Trump has become a punching bag of sorts for the liberal media. What she just did, however, shows that Melania is far tougher than liberals are giving her credit for being.
IJ Review reported that last Friday, Melania won the first round of her $150 million libel lawsuit against Maryland-based blogger, Webster Tarpley, who published rumors on his blog that she was a “high-end escort.”
During a two-hour hearing in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Tarpley’s lawyer, Danielle Giroux argued that her client only claimed on his blog that there were rumors Melania was an escort during her modeling career.
“He did not say that Melania Trump was a high-class escort. What he said was there are rumors about that. He’s writing about the rumors and that, itself, is newsworthy,” Giroux argued.
Melania’s lawyer, Charles Harder, disagreed and argued that Tarpley should only be reporting on verified facts.
“That’s not how the law works. You can’t print a rumor if it’s not true and it damages or harms someone’s reputation. That is textbook defamation,” he argued.
Tarpley tried to get the lawsuit thrown out on Friday, but Maryland Judge Sharon Burrell ruled that the defamation lawsuit must move forward.
“The court believes most people, when they hear the words ‘high-end escort’ that describes a prostitute,” she ruled. “There could be no more defamatory statement than to call a woman a prostitute.”
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