Model alleging Trump affair asserts she was tricked into silence agreement

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Karen McDougal

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Former Playboy model Karen McDougal filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking to be freed from a 2016 legal agreement she says requires her to keep silent about an affair she had with President Donald Trump.

Well, Stormy Daniels isn't the only woman suing to be able to talk about an alleged affair she had with President Donald Trump.

Karen McDougal's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, takes aim at The National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., according to the complaint.

She also alleged that the lawyer she used to negotiate the deal was colluding against her the entire time with AMI and Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen. Now she's suing because she claims she didn't realize that the tabloid might actually have been willfully purchasing her silence and that her attorney misled her about the terms of the agreement.

AMI officials could not be reached for immediate comment. McDougal maintains that after she spoke with The New Yorker last month after it acquired notes she held on Trump, A.M.I. warned that "any further disclosures would breach Karen's contract" and "cause considerable monetary damages".

McDougal says she ended the relationship nine months after it began. She says they met when he was filming an episode for the show and "immediately" took a liking to her.

The lawsuit, first reported by The New York Times, is the second legal challenge this month from a woman attempting to be released from a legal agreement forbidding speaking about extramarital relations with Trump.

After signing the contract, McDougal grew frustrated when she did not hear about columns or cover shoots for several weeks.

Howard spent several hours pressing McDougal on the details of her story. Unknown to Ms. McDougal, Mr. Davidson was working closely with representatives for Mr. Trump while pretending to advocate on her behalf. 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 American Media "the right" to print them.

The news of McDougal's suit came as NY judge allowed a defamation case brought by Summer Zervos, who has accused Trump of sexual assault, to move forward by denying a defense motion to dismiss the case.

In the complaint, she said the agreement should be void because "there was fraud in its execution, the object of the contract is illegal, and the contract violates fundamental public policy".

"Thus, the suggestion that AMI "silenced" her is completely without merit". Along with the story about her affair, McDougal says she was offered the opportunity to write columns about health and fitness to run across various AMI properties, but a lot of them were never published.

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