Jacob Bernstein Owns Up to Being the NYT Reporter Who Called Melania Trump a 'Hooker'

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.'

U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) leave dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 11, 2017.
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"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.

“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!"