Former model Melania Trump has threatened to take legal action against the Daily Mail, Politico and several other news outlets over allegations they published claiming she worked as an escort.
The wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has placed the publishers "on notice... for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an 'escort' in the 1990s".
No lawsuits have yet been filed, but Trump has enlisted Charles Harder, one of the lawyers behind Hulk Hogan's successful lawsuit against Gawker Media, to represent her.
Most of the media outlets sourced allegations that Trump worked for a modelling agency, which doubled as a "high-end escort service," from an unfounded report initially published in Slovenian magazine Suzy.
The letter from Trump's lawyers asked all publications containing the "defamatory statements" to be retracted and full apologies be printed.
It read: "The true facts are as follows: Mrs Trump never worked as an escort or sex worker, nor did she ever have a composite or presentation card for the sex business. Mrs. Trump had a single composite card – for modeling. Paolo Zampolli, Mrs. Trump’s former modeling agent, has vehemently and publicly denied allegations that he operated a sex business."
The Daily Mail has yet to retract the article, but several titles including the Inquisitr and Bipartisan Report have done so.
Liberal America has revoked the piece, instead publishing a sarcastic apology.