Karen McDougal sues to end nondisclosure agreement over alleged affair with Trump

Lawrence Kim
March 20, 2018

A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday to be released from her nondisclosure agreement, according to a complaint first obtained by The New York Times.

McDougal's suit argues that she was duped because she didn't realize Trump and American Media CEO David Pecker were pals when she signed the deal - or that the magazine never meant to publish her story, according to the Times.

McDougal is now suing, claiming that she was misled regarding the terms of the deal, and that the agreement should not be enforceable. Further, McDougal says that she had no idea that David Pecker, who runs A.M.I, enjoys a tight friendship with Trump. "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". "During that time, Ms. McDougal had a 10-month relationship with Mr. Trump". She was previously given a $130,000 payout for her silence on her interactions with Trump. That payment, she says, was meant to buy her silence about the alleged affair. Cohen and the White House have denied the affair.

Sources told the Daily News that McDougal was "fielding multiple offers" before she signed the agreement with the National Enquirer.

American Media bought the exclusive rights to McDougal's story, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2016. "This was meant to jumpstart her career".

"A quarter billion dollar company posing as a media organization systematically intimidated and silenced Karen McDougal in ourder to achieve its political and financial ends, and she will no longer be quiet", Stris said in a statement provided to USA TODAY.

Through efforts including the collusion of her own lawyer, AMI has consistently deceived and manipulated Ms. McDougal through an illegitimate contract.

According to her lawsuit, McDougal understood that she would not be permitted to discuss her alleged affair with Trump, and that her story wouldn't be published either.

She joins adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has also filed a lawsuit to be able to speak about her own alleged affair with Trump. 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.

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