Times Reporter Owns Up to Calling Melania Trump 'Hooker'
Jacob Bernstein apologizes, calls it a 'stupid remark'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Writer/director Jacob Bernstein attends the LA Premiere of "Everything Is Copy" held at TCL Chinese 6 Theatre on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The New York Times reporter who called Melania Trump a hooker during a conversation with a supermodel at New York Fashion Week has come forward. "Speaking at a party in what I thought was a personal conversation, I nevertheless made a stupid remark about the first lady," tweeted Jacob Bernstein on Tuesday. Bernstein (who, USA Today notes, is the son of Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron) also called the comment a "mistake" and "not in keeping with the standards of the Times." He said it was "referring to unfounded rumors," and apologized "profusely." Bernstein last made headlines for a moving piece he wrote about his mother's death and a documentary he made about her life. (Here's what the first lady said after the "hooker" remark was publicized.)

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