Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims to have had a 10 month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump s dated back in 2006.
"What can you say except I'm sorry?" she said.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, a slick Karen contritely admitted to trying to sell her story before the Republican was even announced as the president elect - it was later bought up by National Enquirer but never ran. "You know, I know a lot of people think it's odd", she said. "I wouldn't want it done to me".
Shortly before the presidential election, The Wall Street Journal published a story that said American Media Inc. paid $150,000 to McDougal, but did not run her story in a tabloid maneuver known as "catch and kill".
Earlier this week, McDougal sued seeking to be released from a gagging order over the alleged affair.
A corporate spokesman for American Media Inc. provided a statement to CNN in response to the suit on Tuesday, saying McDougal "has been free to respond to press inquiries about her relationship with President Trump since 2016" and that the company had not "silenced" her.
Karen McDougal is getting a new round of viral attention, with pictures of the Playboy model spreading across the internet including one that shows her smiling alongside alleged affair partner Donald Trump while he's at a party with both his wife and daughter.
McDougal said she offered to give the money back "just to have my story rights back". "I know it's the wrong thing to do", she told Cooper.
She went on to talk about their first night of passion - and recalled how multi-millionaire Trump slipped her cash and bragged about the plushness of their hotel room.
She cried en route going home, but really did not think she will ever see Trump again, however, not long after, she consented to continue additional rendezvous with him when he called her, she claimed.
McDougal told Cooper, "The only regret I have about the relationship that I had with Donald was the fact that he was married".
"Obviously, there's a reason I don't bring her up, because I felt guilty about it", McDougal said, adding that she never knew for sure whether Melania was aware of their affair. "I was like, 'Wow, is he capable of that?' Because I didn't see that", she said. "It was just digging inside me". "He would call me baby or he would call me attractive Karen.". "I heard a lot about her". McDougal consistently detailed Trump as being "very charming" as well as "sweet.".
" Well, after we had been intimate, he, he tried to pay me".
McDougal added that she was troubled when women came forward during the campaign with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Trump.
While the alleged affair dates to 2006, the agreement was only made in 2016, when Trump was running for the presidency.
"I kind of smiled at it, I thought it was kind of cute and amusing".
"I didn't know he was intimate with other ladies", she said.
Trump has denied those allegations as well.