FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Melania Trump With Porn Actor Ron Jeremy?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows first lady Melania Trump with porn actor Ron Jeremy.

Verdict: False

The image has been photoshopped. The original shows Jeremy holding actress Traci Bingham, not Trump.

Fact Check:

Trump took some semi-nude photos during her time as a professional model. Social media users appear to have seized upon the juxtaposition between the formality associated with her role as first lady and the provocative nature of such modeling photos to inspire memes.

A meme purportedly showing Jeremy, an adult film actor, holding Trump in his arms has widely circulated in the past week, with one post’s caption saying, “Our classy first lady with pornstar Ron Jeremy.” The image, however, has been photoshopped. (RELATED: Meme Falsely Claims Remarks By Melania Trump Mirrored Those Of Adolf Hitler’s Wife)

A reverse image search revealed that the original picture, found on Getty Images, actually shows Jeremy with Bingham, an actress known for works such as “Baywatch” and “Beach Movie.” Photographer Kevin Winter took the picture back in 2004, per its caption. In the edited photo, Trump’s head has been superimposed onto Bingham’s body.

“‘The Surreal Life’s’ Ron Jeremy (L) and Traci Bingham pose at The WB Television Network’s All-Star Winter TCA Party at the Annex at Hollywood and Highland on January 13, 2004 in Los Angeles,” reads the Getty Images caption.

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