"I want to take ownership of a mistake I made," wrote Jacob Bernstein in the first of four tweets he sent out Tuesday night taking responsibility for a scandal involving the New York Times, Melania Trump and 25-year-old model Emily Ratajkowski. Bernstein was reprimaneded by the New York Times, where he is a features reporter, for insulting the first lady of the United States.
The son of legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein and his second wife, filmmaker/screenwriter, Nora Ephron, apologized on Twitter after he had called Melania Trump a "hooker" in what he called a "private conversation" at a New York Fashion Week event. Emily Ratajkowski over heard the remark and took to Twitter to defend the first lady.
This is a four part tweet. 1. I want to take ownership of a mistake I made.— Jacob Bernstein (@BernsteinJacob) February 14, 2017
2. Speaking at a party in what I thought was a personal conversation, I nevertheless made a stupid remark about the first lady.— Jacob Bernstein (@BernsteinJacob) February 14, 2017
3. My editors have made it clear my behavior was not in keeping with the standards of the Times, and I agree.— Jacob Bernstein (@BernsteinJacob) February 14, 2017
4. My mistake, referring to unfounded rumors, shouldn’t reflect on anyone else and I apologize profusely.— Jacob Bernstein (@BernsteinJacob) February 14, 2017
“Sat next to a journalist from the NYT last night who told me ‘Melania is a hooker,’” the model wrote. “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.”
For her part, Melania Trump tweeted a thank you to Ratajkowski, saying, "Applause to all women around the world who speak up, stand up and support other women!"
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