Britain’s Daily Mail has apologized to Melania Trump Wednesday and agreed to pay damages to settle a lawsuit filed by the first lady after the publisher made false claims about her previous work as a model.
Melania will be paid about $2.9 million in damages and costs, according to a source familiar with the settlement.
“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her,” the Daily Mail and Mail Online said in a statement.
She filed a $150m(120 million pounds) lawsuit against in New York accusing it of making false and defamatory statements.
Trump filed a suit against the Mail Online in September, the suit, which asked for at least $150million in damages, was later moved from Maryland to New York. The Daily Mail is a tabloid newspaper in Britain, but it also publishes a digital version with significant readership in the United States.
It has previously paid damages to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and the musician Elton John after making false claims. In February, Wikipedia barred citations of the Daily Mail after editors of the online encyclopedia concluded that the tabloid is “generally unreliable.”