By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Melania Trump, Wife of US Presidential contender, Donald Trump is suing a British newspaper and a US blogger for $150m (£114m) over allegations she was a sex worker in the 1990s, BBC reports.
The Daily Mail suggested Mrs Trump may have worked as a part-time escort in New York, and met her husband.
Both the blogger, Webster Tarpley and the Daily Mail have since retracted their articles.
The claims were “outright lying”, lawyer Charles Harder said.
“These defendants made several statements about Mrs Trump that are 100% false.
The reports are tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” Mr Harder said in a statement.
“Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $150m,” Mr Harder’s statement said.
He has filed the complaint before the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in the US state of Maryland.
Mrs Trump, 46, was born in Slovenia and moved to the US to work as a model in the 1990s. She married Mr Trump in 2005.
Blogger Webster Tarpley had written that Mrs Trump feared her past becoming public.
The Trumps married in 2005 – Melania is the Republican candidate’s third wife.
The article on the Daily Mail’s website quoted claims published in Slovenian magazine Suzy that the modelling agency Mrs Trump was working for also functioned as an escort agency, court papers show.
The newspaper also quoted Slovenian journalist Bojan Pozar, author of an unauthorised biography, who claimed Mrs Trump had posed for nude photos in New York in 1995 and alleged that she had met Mr Trump that year, three years before their reported first meeting in 1998.
Her lawyers say she moved to the US in 1996.