espite gag order, former Playboy model Karen McDougal wants to lift lid on extramarital affair with Trump – A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with President Donald Trump is seeking to invalidate an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship.
The woman, Karen McDougal, filed a lawsuit today in Los Angeles against the company that owns supermarket tabloid National Enquirer.
The lawsuit alleges that McDougal was paid USD 150,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign for the rights to her story of an affair, but the story never ran.
McDougal’s lawsuit alleges that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, was secretly involved in her discussions with the tabloid’s parent company, American Media, Inc.American Media has said it didn’t find McDougal’s account of an affair with Trump credible and paid her to write fitness columns.The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with McDougal.
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims that she and Trump had a sexual relationship in 2006, which began months after first lady Melania Trump gave birth to the president’s youngest son. According to the New Yorker, the nine-month relationship ended quietly, but years later, during the 2016 presidential campaign, McDougal sold her story.
The New Yorker reported that on August 5, 2016, McDougall agreed to give the company which owns the National Inquirer tabloid exclusive rights over “any romantic, personal, or physical relationship she has ever had with any ‘then-married man.'”
The deal is alleged to have been worth $150,000, but the story never ran.
“I’m the one who took it, so it’s my fault, too. But I didn’t understand the full parameters of it,” McDougal told the New Yorker of the alleged payment.
The National Enquirer is owned by David Pecker, who has claimed to be a friend of Trump’s. The tabloid endorsed Trump’s bid for the presidency.
In a statement the tabloid’s owner, AMI, said that the suggestion that it “engages in any practice that would allow it to hold influence over the President of the United States is laughable.”
The model’s story strongly echoes allegations of an affair between Trump and the porn star Stephanie Clifford — known as Stormy Daniels — during the same period.
In that case, the president’s personal lawyer admitted to paying Daniels USD 130,000 but refused to say why.
Good governance groups believe that could constitute a campaign donation and could breach election financial rules.