Ex-Playboy model, who claimed to have sexual encounter with Trump, files lawsuit to speak truth

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Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal has filed a lawsuit seeking to be released from a 2016 legal agreement restricting her ability to speak on her sexual encounters with President Donald Trump.

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Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal

McDougal, according to New York Times, said that she had sold her story on her relationship with Trump to The National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc, which paid her $150,000 but never published her revelation. The AMI’s chief executive David J. Pecker is a friend of President Trump. He’s being accused of having bought the former Playboy model’s story only to bury it so that there’s no damage caused to Trump’s reputation.

AMI is notorious to buy and bury stories that may potentially damage allies of Pecker. This practice in the American media is called “catch and kill.”

“AMI lied to me, made empty promises, and repeatedly intimidated and manipulated me. 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, who was Playboy magazine’s 1998 Playmate of the Year, was quoted by Reuters.

Mcdougal’s allegations surface after another porn star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, claimed that she was paid $130,000 to stay quiet by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. Both women’s stories are strikingly similar. Both claim to have first met Trump at Tahoe golf tournament in 2006 and had sexual encounters at the same Beverly Hills hotel. Trump is alleged to have made the same promises of apartments as gifts to both these women.

A US-based magazine InTouch, later claimed that the porn star had candidly confessed to having regular sex with Trump before he became the President.

In her lawsuit, McDougal claimed that she was engaged in a 10-month extramarital “romantic relationship” with Trump between 2006 and 2007. Trump’s wife Melania Trump gave birth to the president’s youngest son Barron in 2006.

McDougal’s lawsuit has come on the same day that a New York 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.”

 

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