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The Telegraph Apologizes to Melania Trump, Will Pay ‘Substantial Damages’ After Article on FLOTUS

The British magazine The Telegraph has issued a public apology to First Lady Melania Trump for a recent piece they ran about her.

The “mystery of Melania” article by Nina Burleigh contained “a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published,” the Telegraph said in a statement today.

The apology lists a number of factual errors in the article including but not limited to:

“Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.”

“We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family,” the statement concludes, “for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations. As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.”

FLOTUS’ communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN in a statement, “Mrs. Trump often refers to opportunists out to advance themselves by disparaging her name and image. She will not sit by as people and media outlets make up lies and false assertions in a race for ratings or to sell tabloid headlines.”

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