- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2017

A New York Times reporter has been reprimanded by the newspaper for reportedly referring to Melania Trump as a “hooker” after supermodel Emily Ratajkowski came to the first lady’s defense in a series of tweets Monday morning.

Ms. Ratajkowski, 25, alleged on Twitter that the reporter made the offending remark while sitting next to her at a New York Fashion Week event.

“Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker,’” the model claimed. “Whatever your politics it’s crucial to call this out for what it is: slut shaming. I don’t care about her nudes or sexual history and no one should.”

“Gender specific attacks are disgusting sexist bulls—t,” she added.

Ms. Ratajkowski’s tweets included a screenshot of an article by Teen Vogue writer Brittney McNamara, who agreed that the bullying of Mrs. Trump amounted to “slut shaming.”

“Like Emily said, this is a gender-based attack,” Ms. McNamara wrote. “It seeks to undermine Melania as an intelligent woman by bringing up her sexual history. It depends upon the old idea that women can’t be both sexual and successful, and that’s frankly just untrue.”

A New York Times spokesperson said the reporter, who has not been identified, was reprimanded for the remark.

“At a party last night, a Times reporter who does not cover Washington or politics, referred to an unfounded rumor regarding Melania Trump,” a Times spokesperson said in a statement to Politico. “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 Trumps are currently suing British tabloid The Daily Mail for publishing a story that included the unfounded claim that she had once been an escort.

Mrs. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday evening to thank Ms. Ratajkowski and others for their support.

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