A former Playboy model has now surfaced claiming she also had an affair with President Trump in 2006 during the same event were the alleged consensual affair took place with Stormy Daniels.
The former pin-up Karen McDougal is suing the company that owns the National Enquirer, who paid her $150k for her story but never published it. Now, the chief executive of American Media Inc that owns the National Enquirer is friends with President Trump.
McDougal filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and she is claiming that Mr. Cohen (Trump’s personal attorney) engaged in secret talks so her story would never see the light of day. Notice the lawsuit doesn’t claim the National Enquirer promised to publish her story but never did.
Last month McDougal was warned by American Media Inc after it was discovered she spoke with The New Yorker. AMI warned her that any further disclosure would “breach Karen’s contract” and “cause considerable monetary damages.” The New York Times reports:
In an email to The New York Times, her new lawyer, Peter K. Stris, accused A.M.I. of “a multifaceted effort to silence Karen McDougal.”
“The lawsuit filed today aims to restore her right to her own voice,” he said, adding, “We intend to invalidate the so-called contract that American Media Inc. imposed on Karen so she can move forward with the private life she deserves.”
Ms. McDougal filed her suit just days before Ms. Clifford was to appear on “60 Minutes” to discuss her relationship with Mr. Trump and the efforts Mr. Cohen undertook on his client’s behalf to pay for her silence.
Mr. Trump joined a legal effort last week seeking some $20 million in penalties tied to Ms. Clifford’s agreement.
The court dispute has drawn public attention to an issue that was previously sidelined. And both women’s suits could provide more fodder for federal complaints from the watchdog group Common Cause that the payoffs were, effectively, illegal campaign contributions.
Ms. Clifford and Ms. McDougal tell strikingly similar stories about their experiences with Mr. Trump, which included alleged trysts at the same Lake Tahoe golf tournament in 2006, dates at the same Beverly Hills hotel and promises of apartments as gifts. Their stories first surfaced in the The Wall Street Journal four days before the election, but got little traction in the swirl of news that followed Mr. Trump’s victory. The women even shared the same Los Angeles lawyer, Keith Davidson, who has long worked for clients who sell their stories to the tabloids.
Ms. McDougal negotiated with the country’s leading tabloid news provider, A.M.I., which is known to buy and bury stories that might damage friends and allies of its chief executive, David J. Pecker — a practice known as “catch and kill.
McDougal legal complaint claims that she was unaware of the practice of “catch and kill” and the relationship between then candidate Trump and the CEO of AMI. But look that’s what you get for being greedy and not doing your homework.
Additionally, AMI has reported to the NYT’s that they didn’t print the story because some of the details could not be verified. However, right as McDougal began talking with ABC News AMI approached Mcdougal with an offer.
Mr. Davidson informed her that A.M.I. would buy her story but not publish it because of Mr. Pecker’s relationship with Mr. Trump, the suit says. The payment would be $150,000, with Mr. Davidson and others involved on her behalf taking 45 percent. More alluring to Ms. McDougal, who is now a fitness specialist, was that the media company would feature her on its covers and in regular health and fitness columns, the complaint says.
As A.M.I. and Mr. Davidson pushed her to sign the deal on Aug. 5, Ms. McDougal expressed misgivings. But, her suit says, Mr. Davidson and Mr. Howard argued in an urgent Skype call that the deal to promote her would “kick start and revitalize” her career, given that she was “old now.” She was 45.
In all, they said, the contract would obligate A.M.I. to run more than 100 columns or articles and at least two covers featuring her. When she asked Mr. Davidson what she should do if her story leaked, he responded in an email, “IF YOU DENY YOU ARE SAFE,” and urged her to sign as soon as possible, according to the court documents.
Ms. McDougal grew frustrated only to discover she didn’t read the fine print.
After signing the contract, Ms. McDougal grew frustrated when she did not hear about columns or cover shoots for several weeks. She later figured out why. 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 A.M.I. “the right” to print them. It was not an obligation.
So she was paid and was aware of the relationship between AMI and Trump. It’s her fault her or her attorney at the time didn’t read the fine print. Of course, that’s what happens when you get greedy, it blinds you and you don’t look at the details.
Look, I don’t really care if she had sex with the President 10 years ago as long as it was consensual, that’s between him and Melania. However, don’t get mad and raise a stink because you are greedy, cheap, and too stupid to read the fine print. Oh, and if your attorney handled it for you maybe you should sue them because they were incompetent.
Ms. McDougal, you screwed up and you are just looking for more to get a bigger cut.