Former Playboy model Karen McDougal has been released from her agreement with the parent company of The National Enquirer that prevented her from speaking about her alleged affair with President Trump and can now discuss the details freely, The New York Times reported.
McDougal reached a settlement Wednesday with American Media Inc. (AMI), freeing her from the deal for the exclusive rights to her story.
“Today, I’m doing my victory dance,” McDougal told the Times, adding she currently has no plans to sell her tale to a second buyer.
“It’s a total win,” said her lawyer, Peter Stris. “We got everything we were fighting for — she got out of the contract, gets the life rights back and owes AMI nothing more.”
McDougal claims she had an affair with President Trump while he was married to Melania Trump and that the National Enquirer attempted to cover it up.
The former “Playmate of the Year” says she met Trump in June 2006 at a party at the Playboy Mansion for his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” and he took an immediate interest in her.
“It was so obvious that a Playmate Promotions exec said, ‘Wow, he was all over you – I think you could be his next wife,’” McDougal said.
Trump had been married to his third wife Melania for nearly two years at the time they met and Melania had just given birth to their son, Barron.
McDougal claimed Trump offered her money after they had sex.
“I looked at him and said, ‘No thanks – I’m not ‘that girl.’ I slept w/you because I like you – NOT for money’ – He told me ‘you are special.’,” she wrote.
Just four days prior the 2016 election, The Wall Street Journal reported that American Media, Inc., paid $150,000 for the exclusive rights to McDougal’s story — which it then tabled and never published.
McDougal sued American Media to be released from the agreement, claiming she was misled about the terms. She also claimed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, inappropriately intervened in the deal.
The Hill adds:
The publisher, whose chairman, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump’s, purchased the rights to her story for $150,000 ahead of the 2016 election but never ran any pieces on it, using a tabloid “catch and kill” maneuver.
Under Wednesday’s terms, AMI will retain the rights to photographs of McDougal that it purchased and holds claim over up to $75,000 in any future profits she makes off the story. The former Playboy model will keep the original $150,000 payment.