Playboy model free to discuss Trump 'affair'

Karen McDougal reportedly released from American Media contract, is free to discuss alleged Trump affair

McDougal filed suit in California last month seeking to be released from a deal reached in 2016 with AMI, publisher of the National Enquirer, that gave the company exclusive rights to her story in exchange for United States dollars 150,000.

McDougal had sued American Media Inc.to get out of a contract that gave the company exclusive rights to her story.

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

McDougal's lawsuit against the Enquirer, and the resulting settlement, means the former model will be allowed to talk openly about the alleged affair without fear of legal repercussions.

Moreover, this is just one battle that has got over for President Donald Trump as Adult-film star Stormy Daniels has also filed a lawsuit against Trump. AMI could be entitled to some money if McDougal decides to resell her life rights within the next year, but only 10 percent of the proceeds up to a maximum of $75,000.

Documents seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid last week reportedly relate in part to payments to McDougal and former porn star Stormy Daniels, who also alleges an intimate relationship with Trump.

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Appearing on Rachel Maddow's show last night, McDougal's current attorney, Peter Stris, said that Davidson and Cohen were "working together to pursue a legal fraud". "She got out of the contract, gets the life rights back and owes A.M.I. nothing more".

The former model, meanwhile, told the Times her "wild ride" was over and said she has no plans to sell the rights to her story to any other buyers.

"After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn't know how to take that", she told CNN of their first alleged sexual encounter. "Today, I'm doing my victory dance". The company also retains the rights to photographs of McDougal that it says it already has, according to the settlement.

She would fly across the country for secret meetings with Trump and says the two had sex multiple times. They paid McDougal $150,000. Nothing in this Agreement releases any claim that any McDougal Releasing Party has or may have against Keith Davidson and/or Michael Cohen.

AMI bought the rights to her story for $150,000, but never ran it in what critics said was an example of "catch-and-kill", or the practice of burying stories that might damage allies of a media company or that could be used to extort cooperation down the road.

The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by McDougal against the National Enquirer publisher on March 20, which AMI had petitioned an L.A. County Superior Court to dismiss on April 2.

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