Ex-Playboy model who alleges affair with Trump sues to break silence

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21 March, 2018

Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, is suing the company that owns the National Enquirer to let her out of an agreement that paid her $150,000 so she wouldn't talk about an alleged 10-month relationship with Trump, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Now McDougal is suing for the right to break the non-disclosure agreement from the sale of her story and speak out on her alleged affair with the president, the New York Times reports.

The lawsuit goes on to say that Davidson himself "had a close working relationship with Donald Trump's personal attorney and "fixer", Michael Cohen", who was secretly involved in the negotiations.

McDougal contends AMI is keeping her quiet and avoiding publishing her content, but the company said she was featured on the cover of its highest-selling issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers in 2017.

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.

American Media publishes The National Enquirer.

In response to the original Journal story about the Enquirer and McDougal, American Media Inc. denied paying to kill damaging stories about Trump. She filed a lawsuit earlier this month.

However, McDougal says there's been nothing but "radio silence" about being on magazine covers and to writing the monthly column.

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McDougal, who grew up in Sawyer, MI and lived in the state until the late 1990s when her modeling career took off.

Today US news organisations reported that Daniels passed a lie detector test on her relationship with Trump. Davidson is not a party to this complaint, and she is now represented by Peter Stris of Stris and Maher in Los Angeles.

Read the full complaint obtained by The Times here. 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. Trump was married to first lady Melania Trump at the time. Her lawyer then told her that the company wasn't interested in her story but that "he and AMI updated Mr. Trump's representatives about Ms. McDougal".

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

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

McDougal's lawsuit comes about two weeks after similar legal action was taken by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

In February, The New Yorker published an investigation into McDougal's alleged affair, which reportedly lasted months.

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