New York Times Reporter Reprimanded For Repeating ‘Unfounded Rumor’ About Melania Trump And Prostitution


The New York Times on Monday reprimanded one of its reporters for calling first lady Melania Trump “a hooker” at a New York Fashion Week event.

The incident was revealed by model Emily Ratajkowski via Twitter earlier Monday.

The Times called the reporter’s assertion that Melania Trump is a prostitute “an unfounded rumor.”


“At a party last night, a Times reporter who does not cover Washington or politics, referred to an unfounded rumor regarding Melania Trump,” The Times said in a statement to Politico.

“The comment was not intended to be public, but it was nonetheless completely inappropriate and should not have occurred,” the newspaper said. “Editors have talked to the reporter in question about the lapse.”

The Times did not identify the reporter, although Ratajkowski had said the comment was made by a man.


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Ratajkowski on Monday blew the whistle on the reporter in a series of tweets.


“Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bull—-,” she added.

Melania Trump recently refiled a $150 million lawsuit against the Daily Mail for reporting on false allegations that she had once worked as a “high-end escort,” comments she said damaged her despite the publication’s eventual retraction.

Earlier this month the first lady settled her defamation suit against a Maryland-based blogger who made similar claims. According to her attorneys, the blogger agreed to pay a “substantial sum” and issued a statement apologizing to Trump and her family.

The Times reporter’s comments come at a time when President Donald Trump is often at odds with the newspaper, saying it puts out “fake news.”

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