The Daily Mail, a british tabloid-like daily newspaper is known for its outlandish stories: some accurate, some not, and over the years the Mail has never bothered to particularly fact check. Now, they were forced to apologize for an article they ran several months ago that implied that Melania Trump may have been an un-documented sex worker.
The Daily Mail was started over 100 years ago, and is the second top-selling tabloid in the country. It does really well in America as well, circulating its many clickable news stories through social media.
The Mail had to apologize since it could not offer any proof that Melania was in the country working as a model illegally in any way. Many other newspapers had run this story as well. It is possible we can expect more apologies to the Trump family on the way!
This is the full apology issued by the Daily Mail:
The Mail Online website and the Daily Mail newspaper published an article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling. The article included statements that Mrs. Trump denied the allegations and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modelling agency, also denied the allegations, and the article also stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations. The article also claimed that Mr and Mrs Trump may have met three years before they actually met, and “staged” their actual meeting as a “ruse.”
We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.