- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over a YouTube video that suggests her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, might be autistic.

The video gained widespread attention after Rosie O’Donnell, who has feuded with President-elect Donald Trump for years, tweeted it and speculated that the youngest Trump showed signs of having the developmental disorder. She has since deleted the tweet.

Mrs. Trump’s lawyer, Charles J. Harder, said the video is a form of harassment and bullying.

“This law firm represents First Lady–elect Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump. A video was posted at YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not,” Mr. Harder, of Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, wrote in a letter obtained by Us Weekly. “The video includes the hashtag ‘StopTheBullying’ but yet the video itself is bullying by making false statements and speculation about a 10-year-old boy for the purpose of harassing him and his parents.”

“The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others,” the letter added, according to TMZ.

TMZ reported that Mrs. Trump is not threatening to sue Ms. O’Donnell, but she wants the creator of the YouTube video to remove it and issue an apology.

The video’s creator, James Hunter, updated its description on Monday to announce that he would delete it and apologize.

“I’ve been in contact with Melania Trump’s lawyer,” he wrote. “This video will be deleted in 24 hours and I will publish a full retraction and apology to Melania and Barron Trump.”

“I never ever meant this as a bullying video,” Mr. Hunter wrote. “As someone who was diagnosed at age 5 and has gone through bullying myself, I would NEVER do something like that. I made this because I truly believed Barron was on the spectrum, and I wanted people to stop bullying him over his ‘weird’ behavior and explain to them that it might actually be due to a condition.”

The video was still available on YouTube as of Tuesday morning.


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