A Maryland blogger tried to get a lawsuit filed by First Lady Melania Trump against him dismissed, and the judge said no!
This blogger and Daily Mail claimed Melania worked as an high-end escort and she maintained her innocence. Now it’s in court, and MD Judge Sharon Burrell just said the suit would go forward.
The blogger thought he had a good case to get the lawsuit dismissed, but the judge wrapped her decision around the words “high-end escort.” When most people hear these words, most will associate that with a prostitute, and that’s my friends is defamation.
Melania Trump has won at least the very first round in what will likely be a long battle in her defamation lawsuit against a Maryland blogger, and The Daily Mail. Both outlest made claims about her being an high end escort that she said were highly inaccurate and defamatory. Attorneys for Webster Tarpley, the blogger, tried to get the case dismissed claiming that the lawsuit was frivolous, and didn’t meet the “actual malice” test necessary for public figures.
However, according to Politico reporter Josh Gerstein, Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell did not agree to dismiss Trump’s suit. “The court finds the plaintiff has stated a claim for defamation,” Burrell ruled after a hearing. “The court believes most people, when they hear the words ‘high-end escort’ that describes a prostitute. There could be no more defamatory statement than to call a woman a prostitute.”
Both The Daily Mail and Tarpley have apologized and retracted their stories about the First Lady. Trump hired Los Angeles-based attorney, Charles Harder, who has gained national fame for representing Hulk Hogan in his lawsuit against Gawker.
On Tarpley’s website, Tarpley.net, he blogged about how there were reports that Melania suffered from a “breakdown” after accusations she plagiarized portions of her speech at the GOP Convention, according to court documents. He also blogged about “rumors” from other sources that Melania once worked as a high-end escort. The Daily Mail published a similar story, which has since been retracted, but Melania sued them as well.
I see that both Tarpley and the Daily Mail have apologized which was a good first step but not enough. Melania’s name was tarnished with unverified reporting, and someone needs to pay. Where do you think this court case will end up? Settlement? Damages?
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