Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged Donald Trump affair

21 March, 2018, 08:16 | Author: Jason Torres
  • US President Donald Trump

The news outlet reported at the time that The National Enquirer's owner paid McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, to silence her from speaking her story about the then Republican presidential bet.

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.

The New York Times reports that McDougal filed her lawsuit on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming American Media Inc. misled her about the deal she signed. "She will no longer allow AMI to profit from and control her with a fraudulent and illegal contract".

When it became clear that McDougal was in talks with in negotiations with ABC and investigative journalist Brian Ross to tell her story, American Media offered her a contract for $150,000 to appear on the cover of "Men's Fitness" and "Muscle and Fitness Hers" and for her to write a monthly column, according to the lawsuit, which includes copies of the contract with American Media for the column.

Ms McDougal's alleged 10-month affair was said to have begun in 2006.

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The model - who last month told The New Yorker that the purported coverup took her took her "rights away" - also claimed that American Media warned her that further disclosures would break her contract and "cause considerable monetary damages". Trump's wife Melania Trump gave birth to the president's youngest son Barron in 2006.

American Media has previously acknowledged that Trump had been friends with Pecker, but said that he had never tried to influence coverage at American Media's publications. Stephanie Clifford, famously known as Stormy Daniels, has also alleged an affair with Trump.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that A.M.I., one of the country's largest tabloid news providers, is known to buy damaging stories about allies for the sole objective of burying them, a practice known as "catch and kill". That would be the catch and kill. The pair even once hired the same Los Angeles lawyer, Keith Davidson, who's known to take on clients who sell their stories to tabloids.

Daniels received US$130,000 under that agreement. "Through efforts including the collusion of her own lawyer, AMI has consistently deceived and manipulated Mr. McDougal through an illegitimate contract". Under the agreement, AMI was allegedly required to run more than 100 editorial pieces and at least two covers featuring her as part of campaign to promote her fitness model career.

McDougal's lawsuit was filed on the same day that a NY 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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