Karen McDougal, the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1998, is suing American Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016 that forbade her from talking about the details of an alleged affair she had with President Trump in 2006, The New York Times reports.
The National Enquirer purportedly paid $150,000 for the exclusive rights to Ms. McDougal’s story about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, but then never ran the feature because AMI’s owner David Packer is a close friend of the president, the lawsuit claims.
On Thursday, McDougal granted CNN’s Anderson Cooper an interview detailing the alleged affair, days after claims surfaced that the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. had an affair with Celebrity Apprentice contestant and Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day.
However, when the New Yorker reported on a document handwritten by McDougal about her alleged relationship last month, a White House representative issued the following statement: “This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”