Former Playboy Model Sues to Break Silence Over Trump Affair

Karen McDougal.       Dimitrios Kambouris  Getty Images

Karen McDougal. Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

The former Playboy model who alleged she had an affair with Donald Trump and was contractually silenced by The National Enquirer is suing the paper's parent company so she can finally share her truth.

"The lawsuit filed today aims to restore [McDougal's] right to her own voice", McDougal's new lawyer, Peter K. Stris, said in a statement to the New York Times.

According to a The New York Times report, McDougal filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to get out of her 2016 non-disclosure agreement, becoming the second woman in two weeks to filed a lawsuit accusing the president or his allies of trying to bury news about a Trump extramarital affair.

However, the media company never published the story, and McDougal claims Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was secretly involved in negotiations with AMI, whose chief executive is a friend of the president.

American Media has said it didn't find McDougal's account of an affair with Trump credible and paid her to write fitness columns.

Howard spent several hours pressing McDougal on the details of her story.

He later said the comments were "locker room banter" and his campaign issued an apology from him if anyone was offended. Further, McDougal says that she had no idea that David Pecker, who runs A.M.I, enjoys a tight friendship with Trump.

McDougal's lawsuit was filed on the same day that a NY state judge ruled Trump must face a defamation suit by California restaurateur Summer Zervos, who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show The Apprentice. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Davidson was a close ally of Mr. Trump and was only pretending to advocate on her behalf. Last week Trump's legal team threatened Daniels with $20 million in penalties linked to her agreement. Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, sued to break away from a $130,000 "hush" agreement with Trump's lawyer and a third-party limited liability company created to broker that deal, according to a lawsuit also filed in Los Angeles.

The agreement was amended for "legitimate press inquiries", but every time a journalist has reached out to McDougal, she alleges in her lawsuit that AMI has forced her to remain silent as they feed the journalists "false information". McDougal says her own lawyer pressured her to take the deal, and failed to disclose that the publisher didn't actually have to print the promised coverage.

She claims Davidson told her AMI would give her $150K, 43 percent of it he would keep, and also give her a lucrative contract that would give her fitness columns and magazine covers in AMI's empire.

Through efforts including the collusion of her own lawyer, AMI has consistently deceived and manipulated Ms. McDougal through an illegitimate contract.

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