Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Ex-Playboy Model Sues for Right to Speak About Alleged Trump Affair

Ex-Playboy Model Sues for Right to Speak About Alleged Trump Affair

Former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal said her affair with President Donald Trump began in 2006 and lasted almost a year.

The woman, Karen McDougal, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles against the company that owns supermarket tabloid National Enquirer.

McDougal's lawsuit says she was unaware of the tabloid publisher's relationship with Trump, or the company's reputation for buying exclusive rights to a story damaging to Pecker's friends and burying it.

After she spoke to The New Yorker about her alleged affair with Trump, McDougal says she received an additional threat from AMI, telling her that "any further disclosures would breach Karen's contract" and "cause considerable monetary damages".

The White House has declined to say whether Trump knew about Cohen's $130,000 arrangement with Daniels, though the notion that Trump would have been unaware strains credulity.

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. It said she has been free to respond to press inquiries about her relationship with Trump since 2016 and that the suggestion that AMI silenced her was without merit.

"McDougal's new lawyer, Peter K. Stris, told the New York Times, "[McDouglas] was tricked into signing it while being misled as to its contents (including by her own lawyer, on whose advice she was entitled to rely)". (AMI), selling her story about her relationship with Trump in August 2016, as the Wall Street Journal has reported. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, who said Trump sexually harassed her in 2007.

Davidson told McDougal that the National Enquirer would purchase her story but would not print it because of the friendship between Trump and AMI chief executive David J. Pecker, according to the Daily News.

She also called the agreement an illegal corporate donation from AMI to the Trump campaign that violated federal election law.

The news of McDougal's suit came as NY judge allowed a defamation case brought by Summer Zervos, who has accused Trump of sexual assault, to move forward by denying a defense motion to dismiss the case.

As her story was not published, McDougal sought to give her statements to ABC News back then and AMI immediately handed her $150,000 and promised her she would land on two magazine front page, as well as in many articles, but that her story still would not be published.

After signing the contract, McDougal grew frustrated when she did not hear about columns or cover shoots for several weeks.

The lawsuit also accuses McDougal's former attorney, Keith Davidson, of colluding with Cohen and American Media.

"Once she's part of the company, then on the outside she can't be bashing Trump", Pecker told the New Yorker a year ago.

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