Webster Tarpley allegedly represented Melania Trump to have been a prostitute in her native Slovenia. That created a legal problem for him.
A Maryland blogger has been forced to pay a “substantial sum” to Melania Trump as part of a settlement for a defamation lawsuit over an article containing unsubstantiated claims that the first lady once worked as an escort, her lawyers announced Tuesday.
“I posted an article on August 2, 2016 about Melania Trump that was replete with false and defamatory statements about her,” Webster Tarpley, the 71-year-old blogger, said in a statement by Trump’s attorneys, according to the Washington Post.
Trump’s legal team declined to provide the settlement amount. Tarpley, of Gaithersburg, didn’t respond to requests from the Washington Post for comment, but his lawyer confirmed a settlement had been reached.
“I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements,” Trump’s lawyers — in comments attributed to Tarpley — wrote in their statement.
Trump on Monday also re-filed a libel lawsuit against the corporation that publishes the Daily Mail’s website, this time in New York, for reporting on the escort rumors.
Trump had previously filed the lawsuit against Mail Media Inc. in Maryland, but a judge earlier this month ruled the case shouldn’t be filed in Maryland and dismissed it. The lawsuit now filed in New York, where the corporation has offices, seeks compensatory and punitive damages of at least $150 million.
I first read the name Webster Tarpley more than a decade ago when I began to realize the full extent to which the Deep State (including the media) lies to the American people and the world.
It’s disturbing that the Trump family has gone after someone who is so devoted to exposing the truth as he sees it. Tarpley has a right under the First Amendment to speculate about anyone, including Melania, but not to present falsehoods as facts. That’s my amateur lawyer interpretation of this particular case.
Tarpley is suspicious of 9/11, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and more. Obviously, he is strongly critical of Donald Trump too.
Heavy has a piece on him, set up in their “5 Fast Facts” format. It appears to be mostly sourced from Tarpley’s entry on Wikipedia.
You can see from the photos of nude Melania online why Tarpley might have believed her to be a prostitute.