New York Times reporter reprimanded for allegedly 'slut-shaming' Melania Trump

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First lady Melania Trump, at left, in Delray Beach, Fla. on Saturday as she hosted the wife of Japan's prime minister and at right, speaking at a campaign event Nov. 3 in Berwyn.

A New York Times reporter has been reprimanded after allegedly calling Melania Trump “a hooker” during New York Fashion Week.

“At a party last night, a Times reporter who does not cover Washington or politics, referred to an unfounded rumor regarding Melania Trump,” a spokesperson for 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.”

The reporter, who remains unidentified, was seated next to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Emily Ratajkowski during the event Sunday. Ratajkowski called the journalist’s comments “slut shaming.”

Melania Trump thanked Ratajkowski in a tweet Monday night for defending her against the derogatory comment, and praised women who stand up and support other women.

Trump is currently suing the British Daily Mail newspaper for $150 million dollars over an article that included unfounded rumors the first lady had worked as a “high-end escort.” Trump also settled a separate libel suit against Maryland blogger Webster Tarpley for reporting the escort rumors. Tarpley has since retracted the story and issued an apology.

“I had no legitimate factual basis to make these false statements and I fully retract them,” Tarpley said in the statement provided by Trump’s attorneys. “I acknowledge that these false statements were very harmful and hurtful to Mrs. Trump and her family, and therefore I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Trump, her son, her husband and her parents for making these false statements.”