Melania Trump Wins First Round in Escort Story Lawsuit

First Lady Melania Trump scored a partial legal victory on Friday, with a judge shooting down arguments to dismiss the suit.

According to Politico, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Sharon Burrell disagreed with blogger Webster Tarpley’s contention that the suit failed to meet the standard for “actual malice” with regard to public figures.

The judge also rejected an argument by Tarpley’s lawyers that Trump’s suit runs afoul of Maryland’s SLAPP law, which aims to prevent lawsuits brought to intimidate others from speaking out on public matters.

Trump sued Tarpley and the Daily Mail in September, claiming that a story saying that Trump worked for a modeling agency where the models also worked as escorts inaccurately painted her as a sex worker.

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