The news outlet reported at the time that The National Enquirer's owner paid McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, to silence her from speaking her story about the then Republican presidential bet. McDougal says the company, which owns the National Enquirer, conspired with Trump's personal "fixer" Michael D. Cohen and her own lawyer to mislead her on the deal.
McDougal, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says her $150,000 legal agreement with tabloid giant American Media Inc., whose CEO David Pecker is a close friend of Trump's, should be deemed invalid.
"Davidson failed to tell Ms. McDougal that the contract's fine print did not actually obligate AMI to run her columns-the central feature of AMI's promise to create ongoing positive exposure for Ms. McDougal", the record reads.
McDougal says her affair with Trump started to become public after another former Playboy model, Carrie Stevens, spilled the beans about McDougal's relationship with Trump on May 7, 2016, in a series of public comments on Twitter. As these accusations were thrown in the air, the president has repeatedly denied these.
The lawsuit also accuses McDougal's former attorney, Keith Davidson, of colluding with Cohen and American Media.
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Cohen says he "facilitated" the payment with his own funds, through a company he created, and was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or campaign.
President Donald Trump talked with reporters, March 15, during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, sued to break away from a $130,000 "hush" agreement with Trump's lawyer and a third-party limited liability company created to broker that deal, according to a lawsuit also filed in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit claims McDougal was not told AMI had no obligation to run articles she had written or that they were simultaneously negotiating deals to kill other negative stories about Mr. Trump, and that his representatives received constant updates throughout the negotiations past year.
"Unknown to Ms. McDougal, Mr. Davidson was working closely with representatives for Mr. Trump while pretending to advocate on her behalf", the suit alleges.
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Since Cohen was involved with the transaction, there's sure to be more drama to come on his end, but the crux of McDougal's lawsuit is that she was never made aware of the tabloid's common practice of "catch in kill" - by which they purchase stories and sit on them, just to guarantee that they won't ever be published elsewhere.
After signing the contract, McDougal grew frustrated when she did not hear about columns or cover shoots for several weeks.
The complaint claims, "Mr. Davidson's fee agreement granted him 45% of whatever Ms. McDougal received".
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