Melania Trump Appears in Court in Defamation Case

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 13, 2016 Updated: December 13, 2016

Future first lady Melania Trump has attended a hearing in a courthouse in Maryland as part of legal proceedings in a defamation suit.

Trump lawyer Charles J. Harder said in a statement that Trump attended the 24-minute hearing Monday morning in Montgomery County, Maryland, circuit court, The Associated Press reported.

“Mrs. Trump was not required to attend the court conference, but chose to do so, to meet the Judge, meet opposing counsel, and show her commitment to the case,” a statement from Harder said, CBS reported. “Mrs. Trump looks forward to seeing the case to a successful conclusion.”

Trump filed the suit in September, alleging that a Maryland blogger and the Daily Mail Online falsely accused her of being involved with an escort agency during her modeling career.

The Washington Post reported that lawyers for the Daily Mail Online and blogger Webster Tarpley were present.

The Daily Mail published a story that claimed that Trump worked as a call girl in Milan, Italy, in the 1990s, and the story featured a lewd photo of her. She described the reports as false, filing a defamation lawsuit in September.

While at the courtroom, the future first lady arrived and left without using a public entrance, police told the Washington Post.

“There were no incidents,” Montgomery Sheriff Darren Popkin told the paper. “She was brought into the building. The court business that was supposed to occur happened. And she was escorted out.”

AP contributed to this report.