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Melania Trump nixes language about her earning potential in defamation suit

A revised lawsuit removes language suggesting she could profit financially from her term as first lady.

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Ed Adamczyk
The $150 million defamation lawsuit of Melania Trump, seen here in the White House on February 15, against Daily Mail Online was refiled and amended, omitting references to her earning potential as first lady. The news outlet suggested she used her former modeling career as a cover for work in an escort service. Pool photo by Andrew Harrer/UPI
The $150 million defamation lawsuit of Melania Trump, seen here in the White House on February 15, against Daily Mail Online was refiled and amended, omitting references to her earning potential as first lady. The news outlet suggested she used her former modeling career as a cover for work in an escort service. Pool photo by Andrew Harrer/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Melania Trump refiled her defamation suit against Daily Mail Online after omitting language regarding the first lady's earning potential, court records say.

The wife of President Donald Trump is suing the British media outlet for $150 million in damages after it published a story falsely saying her career as a fashion model was a cover for work in an escort service.

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The new suit, filed in New York, leaves out language suggesting she could monetize her position as first lady. The phrase, "Plaintiff [Mrs. Trump] had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multimillion dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world," was omitted.

The change in wording came after Melania Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, denied any implication she intended to cash in on her fame as first lady.

"The first lady has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so," he said.

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The amended version of the suit still asks for $150 million but centers on the emotional toll of the alleged defamation. It notes that a reporter apologized for referring to Mrs. Trump as a "hooker."

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