Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Break Silence on Alleged Trump Affair
Karen McDougal is the second woman to sue to talk about an alleged affair with the president.
A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday to be released from her nondisclosure agreement, according to a complaint first obtained by The New York Times.
McDougal filed suit against America Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, and reportedly wants to be released from a 2016 legal agreement in which she agreed to keep silent.
She claims in her suit that A.M.I paid her $150,000 for her silence. She also notes that AMI’s chief executive, David J. Pecker, is a friend of the president’s.
“A.M.I lied to me, made empty promises, and repeatedly intimidated and manipulated me,” McDougal said in a statement. “I just want the opportunity to set the record straight and move on with my life, free from this company, its executives, and its lawyers.”
McDougal is now the second woman pursuing legal action in order to be able to speak about an alleged affair with Trump.
“A quarter billion dollar company posing as a media organization systematically intimidated and silenced Karen McDougal in order to achieve its political and financial ends, and she will no longer be quiet,” McDougal’s attorney, Peter K. Stris, said in a statement. “Through efforts including the collusion of her own lawyer, A.M.I has consistently deceived and manipulated Ms. McDougal through an illegitimate contract. We are confident that the so-called contract will be invalidated, and are eager for Ms. McDougal to be able to move forward with her life with the privacy she deserves.”
The first woman seeking to end her NDA, adult entertainment star Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), was paid $130,000 by the president’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. She is trying to raise money via a crowdfunded website to pay for her legal expenses as she tries to speak out, even offering to return the money she was originally paid.
The White House has called Daniels’ allegations false. It has yet to comment on McDougal. American Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNN announced later on Tuesday that Anderson Cooper will be interviewing McDougal on Anderson Cooper 360° on Thursday night.
Read the full complaint obtained by The Times here.