In Unusual Move, Melania Trump Attends Defamation Suit Hearing

Cheriss May

Future First Lady Melania Trump attended a scheduling hearing Monday for the defamation suit she filed earlier this year against bloggers she said published false stories about her being involved in an escort service early in her modeling career.

CBS News' Paula Reid noted that it was unusual for Trump to attend the hearing in state court in Maryland, given that clients typically don't attend routine hearings. But her lawyers told CBS that she came in person to show her commitment to her case against blogger Webster Tarpley and The Daily Mail.

“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,” her lawyers said in a statement to CBS. “Mrs. Trump looks forward to seeing the case to a successful conclusion.”

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