Former Playboy sues after her alleged affair with Trump wasn't published

Calvin Saunders
March 21, 2018

McDougal's alleged affair with Mr. Trump took place over a period of 10 months between 2006 and 2007.

The lawsuit contends that AMI paid McDougal $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story for the goal of keeping it out of the public eye - a practice known as "catch and kill" - to protect Trump.

Karen McDougal said in a complaint filed today in Los Angeles that American Media Inc. paid $150,000 in 2016 for her story without publishing it because David Pecker, the company's owner, is a close personal friend of Trump.

"She will no longer be quiet". She also asserts that after she spoke with The New Yorker last month after it obtained notes she kept on Trump, American Media warned that "any further disclosures would breach Karen's contract" and "cause considerable monetary damages".

The lawsuit claims McDougal was not told AMI had no obligation to run articles she had written or that they were simultaneously negotiating deals to kill other negative stories about Mr. Trump, and that his representatives received constant updates throughout the negotiations past year. "AMI and Mr. Davidson also failed to mention that they were secretly negotiating deals with other women to kill negative stories for Mr. Trump", the document continues. While these results are not admissible in a court of law, it's notable that the test stated, "CONCLUSION: In the opinion of this examiner Ms. Clifford is truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006". Davidson allegedly told McDougal that A.M.I. was going to present her with a million-dollar deal, and that $500,000 was going into escrow, but this was false, according the suit.

Ex-Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump is suing media company to speak out, according to the 'New York Times'.

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McDougal didn't learn until a recent New York Times report that after she signed the agreement, Davidson contacted Michael Cohen to tell him that it was done and McDougal's silence was taken care of.

"Once she's part of the company, then on the outside she can't be bashing Trump", Pecker told the New Yorker a year ago.

She claims in her suit that AMI paid her $150,000 for her silence. The goal of the lawsuit is to "restore" Karen McDougal's right to "her own voice", Stris wrote in an email to the Times.

Representatives of American Media didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit. (AMI), selling her story about her relationship with Trump in August 2016, as the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Read McDougal's entire complaint here. Trump was married at the time to his current wife Melania.

McDougal claims to have flown from Arizona to LA where she was interviewed for hours by AMI CEO Dylan Howard about the alleged affair.

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