Former Playboy Model Suing To Speak Freely About Alleged Affair With Trump

Former Playboy Model Suing To Speak Freely About Alleged Affair With Trump

Former Playboy Model Suing To Speak Freely About Alleged Affair With Trump

A former Playboy model who alleged she previously had an affair with President Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from the legal agreement barring her from speaking on the relationship.

Karen McDougal filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer, which paid her US$150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet on the matter, according to a copy of the lawsuit provided by her lawyer, Peter Stris.

The lawsuit alleges that McDougal was paid $150,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign for the rights to her story of an affair, but the story never ran.

The Times report said McDougal's suit claims Cohen was "secretly involved" in her talks with American Media Inc., and outlines a number of similarities between the two. She says that Davidson urged her to sign the contract with AMI, which would also allow her to write a series of columns for the tabloid and appear on its cover twice.

Karen McDougal, 46, says she had a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007.

American Media is the parent company of the tabloid magazine The National Enquirer. McDougal says Trump did not want to leave a paper trail of their meet ups.

Along with Daniels, this makes McDougal the second woman to fight a legal agreement mandating her silence so she can expose an alleged extra-marital relationship with Trump. Their stories first surfaced in the The Wall Street Journal four days before the election, but got little traction in the swirl of news that followed Mr. Trump's victory. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Davidson was a close ally of Mr. Trump and was only pretending to advocate on her behalf.

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Karen McDougal believes she was part of a "catch and kill" practice when she negotiated terms of her agreement with A.M.I.in 2016. Though the agreement explicitly mentioned "a monthly column" on aging and fitness for OK! and Star, and "four posts each month" on Radar Online, it only gave American Media "the right" to print them.

AMI told the New York Times that it spoke with Cohen about McDougal's story, but only while trying to fact-check her story.

The complaint claims, "Mr. Davidson's fee agreement granted him 45% of whatever Ms. McDougal received".

"For several years, Ms. McDougal led a "Hollywood" life, attending events and parties as both honored guest and hostess", according to court documents.

Clifford and McDougal tell strikingly similar stories about their experiences with Trump, which included alleged trysts at the same Lake Tahoe golf tournament in 2006, dates at the same Beverly Hills hotel and promises of apartments as gifts.

McDougal claims to have flown from Arizona to LA where she was interviewed for hours by AMI CEO Dylan Howard about the alleged affair.

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