Watch: Melania Trump Threatened to Sue This Man for Suggesting Barron Was Autistic in Viral Video

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Barron Trump and his mother Melania Trump stand on stage after Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Watch: Melania Trump Threatened to Sue This Man for Suggesting Barron Was Autistic in Viral Video

Here's what James Hunter did to avoid an even messier situation.

Published November 29, 2016

An anti-bullying viral video alleging that Barron Trump is autistic has sparked much controversy and resulted in a lawsuit threat from future first lady Melania Trump. 

  1. James Hunter, who admitted to being on the autism spectrum, posted a video suggesting that Barron Trump showed signs of the disorder
  2. Melania Trump and her lawyers threatened to sue James for the allegations he made. He then told the public that he never meant any harm
    (Photo: Youtube/James Hunter)
    (Photo: Youtube/James Hunter)

    "TMZ just contacted me to tell me Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over this video, and wants a public apology from me. I'm absolutely terrified right now, and I'm not sure if this is actually true or not. I just want to repeat myself and say that I never ever meant this as a bullying video. As someone who was diagnosed at age 5 and has gone through bullying myself, I would NEVER do something like that. I made this because I truly believed Barron was on the spectrum, and I wanted people to stop bullying him over his "weird" behavior and explain to them that it might actually be due to a condition. If this rumor turns out to be true, and Ms.Trump really wants this video deleted, I will. I have a great respect for her and her family. I never meant to hurt anyone," James Hunter commented on YouTube. 

  3. James agreed to remove the video and offer a public apology to Barron and the Trump family
    (Photo: Youtube/James Hunter)
    (Photo: Youtube/James Hunter)

    "I've been 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," Hunter posted.

  4. However, many are coming to James's defense and believe this could be a good opportunity for a discussion about autism
  5. Rosie O'Donnell, whose daughter was diagnosed with autism, defended the public questioning of Barron
  6. Melania Trump continues to insist that Barron is not autistic

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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