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Melania Trump Threatens to Sue Over ‘False’ Autism Video About Her Son Barron


First Lady-elect Melania Trump has threatened to sue over a YouTube video accusing her son, Barron Trump, of being autistic. has confirmed that she’s asked for the video to be removed and has demanded an apology from the person who posted it.  The video, which has been viewed more than 3 million times, purports to raise awareness about autism, and claims that Barron exhibits some telltale signs.

Melania Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, sent the following statement:

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.  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.

As of Monday afternoon, the video was still up:

The video gained more attention after Trump’s longtime foe, Rosie O’Donnell, tweeted the video out, questioning whether 10-year old Barron was autistic. “If so – what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic,” she tweeted last Tuesday.

The youtube poster, James Hunter, released a statement to our sister site, Gossip Cop, that said that he was on the autism spectrum himself, was trying to raise awareness and never meant to bully Barron.

“I’m honestly kinda scared right now. The only reason I made the video is because I saw how much social media was bullying Barron Trump, and I wanted it to stop. I’d be really sad if I’ve made the situation worse, but I never could’ve imagined that the video would get so much press,” Hunter said.

Harder also represented Hulk Hogan in his now famous suit against defunct He’s been retained by Melania on other legal matters as well including her dispute with People Magazine

This story has been updated with a comment from the youtube poster. 

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