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Melania Trump Appears in Maryland Court as Part of ‘Escort’ Defamation Lawsuit

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Future First Lady Melania Trump appeared in a Rockville, Maryland, courtroom on Monday as part of her defamation lawsuit against The Daily Mail and a Montgomery County-based blogger, The Washington Post reported.

Trump attended the 24-minute scheduling conference in order to meet the judge and opposing counsel, despite not being required to, her attorney Charles J. Harder told the Post.

The 46-year-old, whose husband is President-elect Donald Trump, was escorted by Secret Service and further flanked by deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were no incidents,” Montgomery Sheriff Darren Popkin told the Post. “She was brought into the building. The court business that was supposed to occur happened. And she was escorted out.”

The trial is currently scheduled to start on Nov. 6, 2017.

In September, Trump filed the lawsuit against The Daily Mail and Webster G. Tarpley of Tarpley.net for allegedly publishing claims that she worked for a modeling agency that doubled as an escort agency.

“These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation,” Harder told NBC in a statement at the time. “Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband.”

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The Daily Mail published a retraction to their initial article about the alleged escort service, and Tarpley also posted a statement on the blog site claiming that Trump’s lawsuit “is without merit.”

Trump is suing the media outlets for “in excess of $75,000” Harder said in September, according to NBC.