Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ex-Playmate Sues to Invalidate Non-Disclosure Deal over Alleged Trump Affair

Ex-Playmate Sues to Invalidate Non-Disclosure Deal over Alleged Trump Affair

Notes published last month by The New Yorker claim Trump had an affair with McDougal beginning in 2006, when they met at a party for "The Apprentice" at the Playboy Mansion. Now, the New York Times reports that McDougal has sued the publisher in an effort to talk freely about her relations with Trump, which she claims also happened in 2006, the year after Trump married Melania.

In court documents obtained by The New York Times, McDougal's lawyers asserted that American Media Inc., a company that operates The National Enquirer and Men's Fitness and is owned by Trump's personal friend David Pecker, worked with Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and McDougal's own lawyer, Keith Davidson, to keep McDougal from speaking about her relationship with Trump one he chose to run for President. Davidson told her before the interview that American Media would put $500,000 into an escrow account for her, and that "a seven-figure publishing contract awaited her", the complaint reads.

Also today, a NY state judge says Trump must face a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his former reality TV show. "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". The lawsuit claims that Mr. Davidson was a close ally of Mr. Trump and was only pretending to advocate on her behalf.

American Media publishes The National Enquirer. She was previously given a $130,000 payout for her silence on her interactions with Trump.

Along with Daniels, this makes McDougal the second woman to fight a legal agreement mandating her silence so she can expose an alleged extra-marital relationship with Trump.

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

But when she began talking to ABC News, AMI returned to her with the $150,000 payment for the goal of buying her story, "but it would not publish the story" because of Pecker's relationship with Trump, according to the lawsuit. But Trump has repeatedly denied both affairs.

McDougal gave her story to the National Enquirer in exchange for the money, but the publication engaged in what is known as a "catch and kill", in which the tabloid never actually runs the story. She additionally accused her own lawyer at the time of joining their efforts to mislead her about the nature of the deal. The agreement reportedly keeps McDougal from sharing her story elsewhere and promised to run columns by McDougal and place her on two covers.

This week, a law firm representing Trump and the corporation that paid Daniels said in a court filing it was seeking at least US$20 million in damages for multiple violations of the non-disclosure agreement.

"AMI has a valid contract with Karen and we look forward to reaching an amicable resolution satisfactory to her and to AMI", the statement concluded.

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