A woman who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump will sue to be released from a legal agreement that has required her to remain silent about the relationship, the New York Times reports. And no, her name is not Stormy Daniels.
This afternoon, Karen McDougal, a former model and onetime Playmate of the Month, became the second woman in the past four weeks to pursue legal action to speak out about her relationship with the now president. McDougal, who reportedly had a 10-month affair with Trump over a decade ago, sold an account of the experience (the sexts are nigh; you’ve been warned) to American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer.
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For presumably all the sordid deets, McDougal was paid $150,000 in a contract that did not require the Enquirer to publish them, but did stipulate that McDougal would not be able to further discuss the affair. Under such “catch-and-kill” terms, a process that seems to be pro forma for the tabloid business, we should never had heard from McDougal! Alas! Add McDougal to the expansive list of former Trump “associates” who felt the need to write memos on their encounters. (It isn’t just James Comey who has receipts!) Last month, The New Yorker printed copious notes that McDougal wrote about the affair. And while she did not further comment on them, she did confirm that she’d written them.
Now, McDougal has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles in which she claims that Michael Cohen (yes, that Michael Cohen) was, in the words of the New York Times, “secretly involved” in her conversations with A.M.I. and that she was misled about the eventual terms of contract itself.
Stormy Daniels’ 60 Minutes interview airs on Sunday. Have fun spinning that one, Kellyanne.