Former Playboy model free to discuss alleged Trump affair after settlement

20 April, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Karen McDougal reportedly released from American Media contract, is free to discuss alleged Trump affair

"I'm proud to have reached money with AMI (American Media Inc.) in my own stipulations, which frees to me personally the rights to my entire life narrative also frees me against the arrangement which I was duped into signing almost two years back", McDougal said in a statement delivered into CNN.

Under the deal, AMI said it would have the right to receive up to Dollars 75,000 of any future profits from the sale of her story about the alleged 10-month affair, which she says started in 2006.

Karen McDougal attends Playboy's Super Saturday Night Party at Sagamore Hotel on February 6, 2010 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Trump has denied having an affair with McDougal. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was also allegedly heavily involved in the deal in order to protect his client's prospects in the presidential election in 2016.

Under the terms of the settlement, McDougal will keep the $150,000 payment while AMI has the rights to up to $75,000 for any future profits from her story about the relationship.

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For more than a decade, McDougal says she did not hear from Trump.

Her lawyer, Peter K. Stris, said in an interview that it was a total win.

McDougal said she has no immediate plans to sell her story to a new buyer.

"I am relieved to be able to tell the truth about my story when asked, and I look forward to being able to return to my private life and focus on what matters to me", McDougal said. "Today, I'm doing my victory dance".

Her lawsuit said American Media chairman David Pecker, a friend of Trump's, misled her into signing the contract.

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But McDougal said that the deal was a means to learn details about her story and relay those back to Trump, according to her initial complaint.

Communications between Cohen and Davidson were reportedly part of information targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's homes and office.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"It could be construed and I suspect it's going to be part of the investigation done in NY, whether or not this was an illegal campaign contribution", Richelsoph said. The company also retains the rights to photographs of McDougal that it says it already has, according to the settlement. (AMI), the parent company of supermarket tabloid the National Enquirer, after filing a lawsuit in March.

Last month, McDougal sued AMI, alleging the company paid her $150,000 not to speak about her affair.

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"I'm very confident that Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson and others will have to account for the things that they've done", Stris told Maddow on Wednesday night.

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