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

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Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal is taking a page out of Stormy Daniels' playbook - suing to throw out a 2016 legal agreement that bars her from speaking about an alleged tryst with Donald Trump. McDougal alleges that she was paid $150,000 by American Media, Inc., parent company of the National Enquirer, to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

In her lawsuit, McDougal says Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was secretly involved in her negotiations with AMI.

The complaint is the second this month by a woman claiming Trump and his cohort have tried to keep them from talking about alleged extramarital affairs with the president before he was elected. McDougal says Trump did not want to leave a paper trail of their meet ups.

McDougal's current lawyer, Peter Stris told the newspaper in an email that American Media Inc. carried out a "multifaceted effort to silence" his client.

However, McDougal says there's been nothing but "radio silence" about being on magazine covers and to writing the monthly column.

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This only heightened the model's initial fear that even mentioning POTUS's name would result in legal ramifications, hence why she's aiming to restore the right to her own voice with this new lawsuit.

David Hoffman, a contract-law specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Law School who reviewed Daniels's nondisclosure agreement at The Fix's request, said that "when you read this contract, it's pretty clear that this isn't the first time they've [Trump's team] had an agreement, which is why there are so many weird clauses in there about paternity and about videotape".

But when she began talking to ABC News, AMI returned to her with the $150,000 payment for the objective of buying her story, "but it would not publish the story" because of Pecker's relationship with Trump, according to the lawsuit. "Ms. McDougal received $150,000 (nearly half of which went to the lawyer, who she did not realize was colluding with the other side) and a false promise to jumpstart her career as a health and fitness model".

"These revelations have placed Ms. McDougal at the center of a national controversy with broad implications for our democratic system", according to to the complaint. Though the agreement explicitly mentioned "a monthly column" on aging and fitness for OK! and Star, and "four posts each month" on Radar Online, it only gave American Media "the right" to print them. Her lawyer then told her that the company wasn't interested in her story but that "he and AMI updated Mr. Trump's representatives about Ms. McDougal". Neither are parties to McDougal's complaint. The alleged mistresses have made similar claims about their courtships with the Big Cheeto, like being showered with golf course related gifts and dates at the same Beverly Hills hotel.

In February, The New Yorker published an investigation into McDougal's alleged affair, which reportedly lasted months.

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