Nearly a week after Telegraph published an error-filled report on First Lady Melania Trump, the publication is “unreservedly” apologizing.
Last Saturday, Telegraph wrote a cover story titled “The mystery of Melania” which alleged the first lady dropped out of university and was failing in her modeling career before she met her eventual husband, Donald Trump.
“Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story ‘The mystery of Melania,’ we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published,” Telegraph wrote in an apology article titled, “Melania Trump – An Apology.”
The apologetic report very straightforwardly refuted lines from the erroneous piece from the 19th.
Telegraph wrote: “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 modeling career before she met Mr. Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr. Trump.”
The report also clarified that Melania Trump was a successful model at the time she met Donald Trump.
“We accept that Mrs. Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modeling work without his assistance. Mrs. Trump met Mr. Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs. Trump’s mother, father, and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr. Trump. They did not. The claim that Mrs. Trump cried on election night is also false.”
As Twitchy reports and as Telegraph wrote in their apologetic report, they have agreed to pay the First Lady “substantial damages as well as her legal costs.”
“We apologize unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations,” Telegraph wrote. “As a mark of our regret, we have agreed to pay Mrs. Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs.”