Former Playboy model who alleges affair with Trump sues media company

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A former Playboy model filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Tuesday seeking to nullify a 2016 agreement preventing her from discussing an alleged affair she had with Donald Trump before his presidency.

According to a The New York Times report, McDougal filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to get out of her 2016 non-disclosure agreement, becoming the second woman in two weeks to filed a lawsuit accusing the president or his allies of trying to bury news about a Trump extramarital affair.

In her legal claim Ms McDougal also alleged that Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's personal lawyer, had been secretly involved in her talks with AMI, the magazine's owners.

The complaint from McDougal said the agreement permits her to "respond to "legitimate press inquiries" about her relationship with Mr. Trump", but alleges the company warns her to say nothing when contacted by the media and has threatened her with "financial ruin".

Cooper's interview with Stormy Daniels, the porn star who also claims to haves had a months-long relationship around the same time, is set to air on CBS's 60 Minutes three days later.

Ahead of the Presidential election, the Wall Street Journal published a story saying the media company shelled out the cash as part of a well-known tabloid maneuver called "catch and kill".

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He later said the comments were "locker room banter" and his campaign issued an apology from him if anyone was offended.

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. Her lawyer then told her that the company wasn't interested in her story but that "he and AMI updated Mr. Trump's representatives about Ms. McDougal". "Ms. McDougal received $150,000 (nearly half of which went to the lawyer, who she did not realize was colluding with the other side) and a false promise to jumpstart her career as a health and fitness model". Davidson is not a party to this complaint, and she is now represented by Peter Stris of Stris and Maher in Los Angeles.

The news of McDougal's suit came as NY judge allowed a defamation case brought by Summer Zervos, who has accused Trump of sexual assault, to move forward by denying a defense motion to dismiss the case. McDougal's lawyers said Tuesday that her story further exposes a complex machine created to bury negative stories about the president.

"AMI has a valid contract with Karen and we look forward to reaching an amicable resolution satisfactory to her and to AMI", the statement concluded.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that A.M.I., one of the country's largest tabloid news providers, is known to buy damaging stories about allies for the sole objective of burying them, a practice known as "catch and kill".

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