Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over a YouTube video that speculates her son Barron has autism, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.”This law firm represents first lady-elect Melania Trump and her 10-year-old son, Barron Trump,” attorney Charles Harder tells THR. “A video was posted at YouTube recently speculating that Barron might be autistic. He is not. 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 online bullying of children, including Barron Trump, should end now.”
TMZ first reported the news Monday afternoon, claiming it obtained a copy of a letter written by Harder. According to the site, the letter says, “The video did instigate further bullying by Rosie O’Donnell and others.”O’Donnell shared the video on her Twitter feed last week. “Barron Trump Autistic? if so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic,” she wrote with a link to the video.
The YouTube video had more than 3.2 million views Monday when news of the potential suit broke. The channel that hosts the seven-minute video contains only one other upload, a 16-second clip of Barron Trump “‘clapping’ erratically at the Republican National Convention.”Melania Trump isn’t yet threatening to sue O’Donnell, but she wants the person who posted the video to remove it and apologize.
Harder also is representing Trump in her lawsuit against The Daily Mail over an Aug. 19 article that suggests she was an escort.A rep for Trump did not immediately return a request for comment.The YouTube user, James Hunter, posted that he was “in contact with Melania Trump’s lawyer.””This video will be deleted in 24 hours and I will publish a full retraction and apology to Melania and Barron Trump,” he added.