Former Playboy Model Sues Media Group For Freedom To Talk About Trump

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It was Davidson, who allegedly recommended that McDougal go to A.M.I. with her story in the first place. This would be the story of former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who was recently the subject of a Ronan Farrow investigative report in the New Yorker. Trump is counter-suing Daniels for $20 million - the amount his lawyers say is the number of times she broke the agreement.

The papers claim AMI is trying to keep McDougal from speaking out about the alleged affair, not allowing her to respond to legitimate press inquiries from The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

When it became clear that McDougal was in talks with in negotiations with ABC and investigative journalist Brian Ross to tell her story, American Media offered her a contract for $150,000 to appear on the cover of "Men's Fitness" and "Muscle and Fitness Hers" and for her to write a monthly column, according to the lawsuit, which includes copies of the contract with American Media for the column. 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 majority were never published.

McDougal is now suing, claiming that she was misled regarding the terms of the deal, and that the agreement should not be enforceable. "They threaten her with financial ruin if she does not remain 'loyal.' AMI meanwhile feeds those same reporters false information about Ms. McDougal, her relationship with Mr. Trump and its own machinations to bind her silence". Davidson told her before the interview that American Media would put $500,000 into an escrow account for her, and that "a seven-figure publishing contract awaited her", the complaint reads.

Davidson told her AMI would purchase her story but "not publish it" because of chief executive David J. Pecker's close relationship with Trump.

AMI officials could not be reached for immediate comment. Davidson is not a party to this complaint, and she is now represented by Peter Stris of Stris and Maher in Los Angeles. 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. We are confident that the so-called contract will be invalidated, and are eager for Ms. McDougal to be able to move forward with her life with the privacy she deserves.

Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Daniels, said last week that he has been contacted by six other women who claim to have had sexual relationships with Trump; at least two of these women say they signed nondisclosure agreements, according to Avenatti. While these results are not admissible in a court of law, it's notable that the test stated, "CONCLUSION: In the opinion of this examiner Ms. Clifford is truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006".



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