Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal has revealed that she had a nine-month affair with Donald Trump in 2006 — two years into his marriage to Melania Trump — and built up an elaborate system to keep his infidelities out of the press.
The bombshell revelation was first reported by The New Yorker in a blockbuster article published early Friday.
According to the news outlet, McDougal confirmed a Wall Street Journal report from shortly before the 2016 election that she was paid $150,000 by National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. for the account of her account of any affair she had with a “then-married man who was a real estate mogul and star of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”
McDougal later memorialized in an eight-page, handwritten document provided to The New Yorker by John Crawford, a friend of McDougal’s. When I showed McDougal the document, she expressed surprise that I had obtained it but confirmed that the handwriting was her own.
She wrote in an eight-page hand-written note obtained by the New Yorker that Trump met her at the Playboy Mansion in 2006, offered her money after the first time they had sex, showed her Melania’s separate bedroom in Trump Tower and reimbursed her for flights to avoid creating a paper trail. She said she ended the affair in April 2017.
Source: The New Yorker.
The publication also detailed McDougal’s $150,000 deal with AMI — whose CEO and chairman, David Pecker, has called Trump “a personal friend. The company bought exclusive rights to her story but never published it, an arrangement that six former AMI employees said was a common practice known as “catch and kill.”
A White House spokesperson denied the affair in a statement to the New Yorker: “This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”