MARYLAND: Melania Trump Claims “Substantial” Settlement In Libel Suit Against Little-Known Blogger

The New York Post reports:

Melania Trump has won a “substantial” amount of money in a settlement with Maryland blogger who wrote about claims that she had once worked as a prostitute. “The First Lady of the United States has settled her lawsuit against Webster Griffin Tarpley of Maryland,” said Matthew Blackett, one of Mrs. Trump’s attorneys.

“Mr. Tarpley has issued the attached retraction and apology to Mrs. Trump and her family, and agreed to pay her a substantial sum as a settlement,” Blackett said in a statement. Blackett also provided The Post with a copy of the 71-year-old Gaithersburg, MD, resident’s apology.

“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her. I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them,” it reads.

A separate libel suit against Britain’s Daily Mail was refiled this week.

  • vorpal

    Maybe we can get the actual payment details from the Trump tax returns.

    • kaydenpat

      Wishful thinking. We will never see those.

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    • Ray Taylor

      They won’t be on there because it is not earned. According to Easy D.

  • The_Wretched

    What an utter pity. It was a SLAPP suit.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Thanks for a new term I didn’t know. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of legal defense.

  • hdtex
    • Kelly Lape

      “Alleged”

      • Christopher

        Cover your ass and all! Who knows who’s going to be next on their “hit list”.

      • MattPS

        You’d think that there would be reports coming out of Slovenia: “I remember that skank back from when she was turning tricks by the entrance to the coal mine”; that sort of thing.

    • Richard B

      ewwwwww……

    • JT

      Melanoma: I don’t own a bathrobe!

    • kaydenpat

      And there’s nothing wrong with being a whore anyways.

      • Christopher

        Exactly!

        We’re all whores. It’s just the prices that vary. 😉

      • Librarykid

        It’s more a more honorable way of earning money than being a politician, but it must be hard work. That picture of her at the head of this article looks like she was “rode hard ad put away wet.”

        • ColdCountry

          It is a most unattractive picture, isn’t it? It reminds me of an airbrushed photo of an old, wrinkled face.

      • Todd20036

        I resent that. I’m no whore

        I’m a slut – I don’t charge

        • Bonobo

          And melanoma is more of a skank.

        • Treant

          This. And ditto.

          But even so, I have no problem with whores. Gold diggers with airs, now those I have a problem with.

      • karmanot

        Some of my dearest friends….Oh, never mind!

    • Todd20036

      Orange leather for pale silicone.

      Even trade

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Gee, was the ‘substantial” settlement bigger than the $25 million Trump paid out for his fraud trial?

    Was it bigger than the over 5 million he paid to members of a golf course he defrauded?

    And these payouts were only in the last month. I believe there are over 50 other current lawsuits against him.

    • David F.

      50? I heard that there were around 3,000 plus lawsuits pending. All the little companies that who helped build his crappy buildings and golf courses and he screwed for spurious reasons.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I think 50 was since he was elected.

        • McSwagg

          I think the 50 lawsuits also applies to those filed against him in his official capacity as [shudder] president. Lawsuits against him personally or against his businesses are seperate.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Oh good. She can finally afford to buy a new donkey for her show since her last one died tragically.

    http://i.imgur.com/Zt4WqYY.gif

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    The dude ain’t rich; she got pennies.

  • Rex

    If you can’t sell jewelry, clothes or makeup, you can always pull down a good income suing people. Or protesting, I hear they’re paying good money to protest.

    • Marides48

      Can the protestor employers be called “Job Creator”? Do the full time protestors get full benefits?.

      • Bob Conti

        Apparently 750,000 jobs created in Los Angeles alone the Saturday after the inauguration. Thanks Trump!

    • CanuckDon

      Melania is Trump’s girl…”I learned from the best…I learned from you.”

    • McSwagg

      A company called Soros Losers has been advertising extensively in my town. The only problem is that you only get paid if the dRumpster Regime stops lying.

  • Christopher

    There is truly nothing attractive about that woman. She’s just ugly inside and out.

    • Richard B

      I agree – look who she made a decision to sleep with.

    • Rex

      They say the longer you’re married to someone, the more you look alike.

      • Christopher

        I thought that only applied to pets. Oh, wait.

    • kaydenpat

      She looks hardened and unhappy unlike Michelle.

  • Rex

    That’s not a good photo of her, I think her modeling days are in the past.

  • Boreal
    • karmanot

      Make that gold-leaf digger!

  • another_steve

    A model of virtue and piety, she is.

    “Family values” made incarnate.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7707fbcd28fb11ae98168ff8ab4ad879acb1b36b7da0acc26dbb93a1cd24c0ae.jpg

  • Jeffrey
    • Rex

      They got the money and we got fucked.

      • Jeffrey

        Certainly we are hamstringed, but we have more people. Makes for a messier revolution, but we got this.

    • Marides48

      Next, she’ll be buying a stairway to heaven?

      • Todd20036

        Not enough money in the entire country for that

      • Bonobo

        She’ld never get past the pearly gates… but then she could sue St. Peter.

        • Ray Taylor

          She’ll bring her pearls.

    • CJAS

      Not that Melania isn’t a real whore.

      • Jeffrey

        Certainly, but she can sell her snatch all day and it doesn’t effect my freedom.

        • CJAS

          Agreed.

    • Phil2u

      WOW! That says a whole lot.

    • olandp

      Florida’s Marco Rubio is the most expensive whore in the Senate. I guess we can take pride in that…

  • Texndoc

    I’m surprised about “Daily Mail”. I thought it was a right leaning Drudge-ish UK celebrity online rag thing.

  • The Milkman

    There’s something squalid about the first lady of the United States suing a 71 year old private citizen in this way, no matter what he said online. If this sets precedent for future first ladies, then I hope the right wingers who were saying such horrible things about Mrs. Obama are the next to pay up.

    • kaydenpat

      Agreed. She certainly is not the first FLOTUS to be disparaged online or in print.

    • Silver Badger

      Squalid. What an apt term for the entire family!

    • Steverino

      Especially when one considers that plagiarists are often sued for their plagiarism…

    • ColdCountry

      Somehow I don’t think suing someone for being an asshole is Mrs. Obama’s idea of “going high.” Though I’d love to see her sue and win.

  • Livin’ In WIlton

    Didn’t her husband run around for a period of 6 years making statements and giving interviews “replete with false and defamatory statements” about President Obama’s national origin and religion? Maybe it’s time for President Obama to get his lawyer on the horn, if you can get a “Substantial Settlement”

  • JT

    Melanoma, a walking disgrace, plans to rake in millions as FLOTUS of BLOTUS. Elizabeth Warren, a person of great integrity and courage, is silenced and rebuked by the Grand Old Fascist Party for daring to “impugn” Sessions’ character. What character?

    • kaydenpat

      It’s awful when racists are called racists. Sad.

  • kaydenpat

    She really shouldn’t be drawing attention to this issue.

    • stuckinthewoods

      That’s the completely baffling part of this. It would have been so easy for them to just let it go. But, nhoo.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    It’s such a relief knowing she is going to be financially okay. I was afraid she was going to have to hock some golden things.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ffe048ab90b501e98d8650569f7c676b983db57435f602789dd1a8e36ee17c3.png

    • Don Blair

      Gold laminate. The kind you find in bankrupt casinos. Plastic and just cheap.

    • RoFaWh

      Those “golden things”?

      Remember, they’re just gilded and the gold itself is only a zillionth of an inch thick, not worth very much at all.

      The bill for gilding chez drumpf would have been $1 for the gold leaf, $1000 for the gilders. (Who, I hope, insisted on cash payment in full before lifting a finger to the work.)

  • goofy_joe

    I think its cowardly to go after a person like this, especially when the life you live is clearly NOT being affected by the things they wrote. You’re First Lady, AND rich as shit, so be the bigger person and laugh it off. If you don’t like the story, change it, don’t try and stomp it down because you’re going to be playing whack-a-mole for the rest of your life.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    So she’s given up on cyber bullying. Her new campaign is suing the little guy.

    • Bluto

      Our bad, we all thought she was going to fight bullying, not promote it.

  • Still a whore.

    • Bluto

      A petty, vindictive, opportunistic whore.

      • Librarykid

        married to another one.

  • JT

    Mel’s worried she’s about to be traded in for a new model and wants to make all she can while the getting is good. She plans to rake it is as FLOTUS of BLOTUS.

  • Frostbite

    Can’t imagine she got millions out of some obscure blogger. Funny how she enjoys grinding obscure people into the ground, how’s that campaign against cyber bullying going?

    • Paula

      If I was sued like that, I don’t have the assets for that. I double dog dare her to enter my house if I was ever forced to move out.😈😈

  • I can’t imagine that a blogger could afford the legal fees for such a lawsuit, so of course he had to settle and issue an apology. This happens all the time. Powerful people get to bully everyone else and use the legal system to do it. Some US states have laws to limit this but most do not.

    I hope the Daily Mail doesn’t settle. I’m not fan of that rag, but I would love to see Melania under oath having to explain how she made money on a tourist visa by modeling and whatever else she was doing.

    • Xuuths

      Surprisingly, Texas has really strong anti-SLAPP laws.

  • Perhaps we can add “extortion” to her many “talents.” Though the “substantial sum” could be as little as a dollar (though I doubt that she or her lawyers have enough civility to have made the settlement that low, there is likely to be a nondisclosure agreement as part of the settlement, so the use of the term “substantial” could act in an in terrorem manner to give pause to anyone who would publish something critical of Melania.

    • Dagoril

      Perhaps she’s also extorting the Crybaby-In-Chief. Maybe that’s how she got that whole WHORUS gig.

  • BrandySpears

    A gay-for-pay porn model was offended she was called a “high end escort”. To-may-toh / To-mah-toh

    • Treant

      Really, it’s more LES-bi-an / les-BI-an in her case.

  • Rex

    Melania graces the cover of this month’s Good Housekeeping and inside the pages shares recipes stolen from Trump Tower chefs and her secrets to successful law suits and the pleasure of plagiarism. Also, excerpts from her new book “Dress like a Woman, or Don’t Let My Husband See You.”

  • ETownCanuck

    The poor thing, I hope she gets exactly what she deserves…not what she THINKS she deserves!

    • Dagoril

      Oh, I’m sure France still has some functional guillotines lying around somewhere.

  • Ross

    So, a little-known blogger writes something about you which maybe 20 people read.

    So you sue.

    And now, millions of people know what the blogger wrote.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    • seant426

      There’s got to be a kernel of truth to it all if it bothered her that much.

      • Ross

        My oldest friend is straight.

        For decades people have assumed he is gay because he hangs around me.

        This NEVER phases him. Decades ago I asked why. His response: “Why should I care about something which isn’t true?”

  • Don’t mess with a rich prostitute!

  • CB

    Looking more haggard by the day. She’ll be on the block soon. Or the operating table. Loathsome harridan.

  • Dagoril

    Going after 71 year-olds. So is everyone still feeling sorry for this bitch?

  • T-Batwoman

    So the Schutzstaffel is alive and well I see………….

  • Gigi

    Could Obama sue Trump for his lies against him?

  • Don Blair

    This hooker has no shame.

  • teeveedub

    Anyone who’s saying “oh, poor Melania, free Melania” can go fuck themselves. She’s just as much of a pit viper as her trainwreck of a husband.

    • RoFaWh

      The simple fact that she hasn’t walked away from her abusive train wreck of a husband is proof of that.

  • Henry Auvil

    Imagine if Michelle Obama had sued every blogger and wingnut pundit who derided her or published vicious lies about her gender, patriotism or character.

  • Gene Perry

    Let’s get this right … Melania is THIRD lady, not first. (and having seen the naked photos, not much of a lady).

  • j.martindale

    So let me understand this. Trump is able to lie with abandon about whatever he wishes, but then his family members, who are public figures, gets to use their vast wealth to silence little people who diss them? Am I getting that right?

    • The_Wretched

      Exactly so.

      Most political figures would have foregone the suit even if it had legal merit as a matter of being classy or out of a desire to not look like an elitist asshole.

      • RoFaWh

        Not the orange asshole and his spawn. After all, there might be a little money (e.g. 25¢) at stake.

  • Tom G

    I trust that the new suit will bring forward the evidence of her being a prospitute. Sometimes these depositions bring out the things we think we can hide.

  • JIM W

    My feelings get hurt, so you must pay. What about the hateful things said about Michelle Obama? Did she sue? Of course not, Michelle had dignity and class.

  • Tomcat

    She is Trump’s prostitute.

  • No More GOP.

    1K in “go the fuck away” money. Settling a nuisance suit.

  • NancyP

    “Substantial” would be any amount over $1.00, or $0.01, depending on that judge’s minimum “slap on the wrist” damages. So, $10.00?

  • Mike in Houston

    Liberace won his case in a British court that said he wasn’t gay, so there’s that.

  • CraigNJ

    But I thought the Daily Mail had already already “damaged” her “brand”? So this guy couldn’t have damaged what was already damaged.

  • Uncle Mark

    Isn’t the essence of being a whore all about getting the money any which way you can? Waaaay to go out and get your money, Melania !!

    Let’s all play the Melania game…Marry, Bang, Sue

  • RoFaWh

    Substantial? As in 25¢?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “Mister your Honor, I am not prostitute; I am proud Gold-digger, so please (shows tits), give me more money” — from redacted deposition transcript.

  • boobert

    She SETTLED! That is not a win. You can bet there’s a non disclosure .There was no way they would put her on the stand. It’s HER lawyers that say it was a “substantial ” settlement. We’ll probably never know. I’d say about $25 would do it.

  • Tomcat

    Wow, Trump NEVER does that does he. He constantly spouts fake news and gets away with it.

  • Tomcat

    Gee, were not Hillary and the Obama’s damaged at all by National Enquirer over the last 8 years? Hillary might even say they caused her loss in the election with their lies.

  • SilasMarner

    Man, she looks really hard and haggard in that photo.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Can you imagine the news if the defendant, a 71 year old, decided to NOT settle the case? What would they do? Put an old man in jail for internet ramblings? Take his house?

    He should never have settled. Shit, an internet funding campaign would have netted him more than he could have ever lost to Melanomas lawyers.

    • BobSF_94117

      I take it you’ve never been sued.

      • JaniceInToronto

        No. Why does that matter to you? The defendant would be a hero. Don’t be so harsh on the poor guy.

        • BobSF_94117

          Being sued can put you in the poorhouse pretty quick. And you don’t really have much of a choice but to respond, unless you want to get to that poorhouse even faster.

    • ChrisMorley

      His website indicates he’s intelligent and probably not short of $$$$. http://tarpley.net/biography/
      I wouldn’t rush to bail him out on gofundme.

      • JaniceInToronto

        So I suppose we can wait for the next defendant to come along.
        It should not be a long wait.

        • ChrisMorley

          They are already nicely lined up.
          The Daily Mail print operation in London and the Mail Online in NY, NY.
          I am conflicted.
          I loathe the Mail for being a nasty rightwing rag, owned and edited by wealthy establishment tax-evaders, so I’d happily see them lose and be ordered to pay massive compensation, but I don’t want to see Melania profit from her gold-digging life choices.

          My ideal solution would be for the compensation all to be paid to some charity for ‘Moose Lamb’ refugees.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    So, NOT a hooker, then?

  • fedupmd

    The alt-left is truly unhinged. Makes for some good entertainment.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Melania Trump has won a “substantial” amount of money

    Oh, good. I was worried she didn’t already have enough.

  • EDinMCO

    Is it true that Melania Trump was a high-end escort at one time? Seems to me I read that somewhere. I DO know that many young Eastern European women come to the U.S. as sex workers. And I’ve personally seen prostitutes and call girls dressed like Melania, and most of them weren’t even “high-end.” So, I dunno. You decide.

  • Michael

    This is how the Putin/Trump regime will silence freedom of the press.