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  1. Judge: Melania Trump’s suit against blogger can go forward

Judge: Melania Trump’s suit against blogger can go forward

Trump's lawyer says the rumor is false and that reporters can't make defamatory statements under the guise of reporting rumors. He says it's the reporter's job to vet the rumor before publishing.

By: | Published: January 27, 2017 10:41 PM
(Reuters) Melania Trump to move ahead with her libel lawsuit against a blogger who reported rumors that she worked as a high-end escort. (Reuters)

A judge is allowing first lady Melania Trump to move ahead with her libel lawsuit against a blogger who reported rumors that she worked as a high-end escort. Trump sued the blogger, Webster Tarpley of Gaithersburg, as well as Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. Tarpley’s lawyer asked a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge to dismiss the case at a pretrial hearing today in Rockville. She argues that Tarpley was within his rights to publish rumors that could have potentially affected the presidential campaign.

Trump’s lawyer says the rumor is false and that reporters can’t make defamatory statements under the guise of reporting rumors. He says it’s the reporter’s job to vet the rumor before publishing. The judge agreed and rejected Tarpley’s motion to dismiss.

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