Former Playboy model Karen McDougal is suing American Media Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer after they paid her $150,000 to tell her account of the affair but did not publish the story.
Karen McDougal, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that Cohen was "secretly involved in her talks with A.M.I., and that the media company and her lawyer at the time misled her about the deal", according to the Times.
After she spoke to The New Yorker about her alleged affair with Trump, McDougal says she received an additional threat from AMI, telling her that "any further disclosures would breach Karen's contract" and "cause considerable monetary damages".
McDougal also claims in the complaint that AMI promised to run fitness columns by her and feature her on two covers but failed to live up to that agreement, per the Times.
McDougal claims she had a nine month affair with Trump around the time he was filming "The Apprentice" in 2006.
AMI officials could not be reached for immediate comment.
McDougal says she did not know the publisher updated Trump as to the details of the interview.
The lawsuit alleges that McDougal was "duped" by her then-lawyer, Keith Davidson, into signing the agreement. Their stories first surfaced in the The Wall Street Journal four days before the election, but got little traction in the swirl of news that followed Trump's victory.
This only heightened the model's initial fear that even mentioning POTUS's name would result in legal ramifications, hence why she's aiming to restore the right to her own voice with this new lawsuit.
Share this article: Karen McDougal, posted a magazine cover shot of herself on social media. Unknown to Ms. McDougal, Mr. Davidson was working closely with representatives for Mr. Trump while pretending to advocate on her behalf.
AMI said in a statement the company had a valid contract with McDougal and looked forward to reaching an amicable resolution with her. 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 goal of the lawsuit is to "restore" Karen McDougal's right to "her own voice", Stris wrote in an email to the Times. Trump was married at the time to his current wife Melania. The 2016 agreement did not require the Enquirer to run the story but effectively muted McDougal on the matter. Neither are parties to McDougal's complaint. The Times reports McDougal also allegedly met Trump at a golf tournament in 2006 and at a Beverly Hills hotel.