Melania Trump sues website, Maryland blogger

WASHINGTON (AP) - Melania Trump has filed a lawsuit against a British news website and a Maryland blogger, saying the two published false statements about her alleged involvement with an escort agency.

The wife of the Republican presidential nominee filed the suit Thursday in state court in Montgomery County, Maryland. That’s the home of Webster Tarpley, who publishes the Tarpley.net blog. The Daily Mail Online also is named as a defendant.

The suit seeks a minimum of $75,000 from each defendant.

The suit says the Daily Mail Online published an article about Trump that referred to Trump’s “very racy past.” The suit also says Tarpley.net published a post referring to Trump’s time as a “high-end escort.”

Trump lawyer Charles Harder represented Hulk Hogan in his defamation suit against the now-defunct website Gawker.

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