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>> She may be staying out of the limelight for now, but that doesn't mean that Melania Trump isn't looking to benefit from her role as first lady. Melania's attorney reportedly filing a lawsuit Monday against Mail Media, owner of the Daily Mail, saying an article had published last August falsely alleging she once worked for an escort service, hurt her chances of establishing, quote, multi-million dollar business relationships over the next few years.
A time in which she would be, quote, one of the most photographed women in the world. The suit filled in New York State's Supreme Court in Melania's home town of Manhattan, according to several media outlets, where she has remained since husband Donald settled into the White House. It also claims Melania's brand, which includes a jewelry line sold on QVC, lost significant value as a result of the Daily Mail story.
And that the article had damaged Trump's, quote, unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to launch a, quote, broad based commercial brand, which would have included clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. Reports say she's seeking $150 million in compensation and punitive damages. Neither the White House nor Melania's lawyer, Charles Harder, have issued a public statement regarding the suit.
Harder is the same attorney who successfully represented Hulk Hogan in his defamation case against Gawker, which was bankrolled by Trump supporter and tech billionaire, Peter Thiel. Harder filed a similar suit against the Daily Mail on behalf of Melania in August, which was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.