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UK paper pays damages to Melania Trump over false report

Britain's Telegraph newspaper said Saturday that it apologizes 'unreservedly.'
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First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on December 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, UK — Britain's Telegraph newspaper has apologized and paid "substantial damages" to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump after publishing an article it says contains many false statements.

The newspaper said Saturday it apologizes "unreservedly" for the content of a cover story published Jan. 19 in the newspaper's weekly magazine supplement.

"As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs. Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs," The Telegraph said.

The paper said it falsely characterized Mrs. Trump's father's personality, falsely reported the reasons she left an architecture program, and falsely reported her career as a model was unsuccessful before she met Donald Trump.

The Telegraph is one of Britain's leading broadsheet newspapers and is traditionally aligned with the Conservative Party.