NYT Reporter Told Off for Melania 'Hooker' Comment

Supermodel called reporter out for 'slut-shaming'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2017 3:12 AM CST
NYT Reporter Reprimanded for Spreading Melania Rumor
President Trump and Melania Trump arrive at the 60th annual Red Cross Gala at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 4, 2017.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Referring to the first lady as a prostitute is not OK, a New York Times reporter was told by the paper after being called out by supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. She tweeted Monday that she'd been told "Melania is a hooker" by the reporter at a New York Fashion Week event Sunday night, and that she does not agree with "slut-shaming" in any form, USA Today reports. "At a party last night, a Times reporter who does not cover Washington or politics referred to an unfounded rumor regarding Melania Trump," the Times said in a statement. "The comment was not intended to be public, but it was nonetheless completely inappropriate and should not have occurred. Editors have talked to the reporter in question about the lapse."

"I don't care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should," said Ratajkowski, who didn't name the reporter. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Melania Trump tagged Ratajkowski in a tweet Monday, only her fifth as first lady, saying: "Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women!" The first lady is suing the Daily Mail over a story alleging that she worked as an escort. The lawsuit argues that the unfounded story cost her "multi-million dollar business relationships" during a "multi-year term." (More Melania Trump stories.)

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