Who Is Karen McDougal? Trump Accused of New Affair With Playboy Playmate

Saturday, 17 Feb, 2018

The New Yorker obtained an eight-page document written by former Playmate Karen McDougal in which she wrote that Trump "immediately took a liking to me, kept talking to me-telling me how handsome I was, etc". At the time, Trump was already married to Melania (née Knauss), and their young son, Barron, was just a few months old. Farrow obtained an eight-page, handwritten note from McDougal's friend detailing their relationship. "What I can say is this: Karen McDougal, who took great risks to speak out, said she was doing it because she had witnessed over the a year ago woman after woman come forward to expose the tactics used by powerful men to shut up women".

At another event - a party for Trump's reality show "The Apprentice" - McDougal dressed as a Playboy bunny and Trump introduced her to his family.

The former Playmate of the Year said that Trump 'immediately took a liking to me, kept talking to me - telling me how handsome I was, etc. He always ordered steak and mashed potatoes at these meetings and he offered to pay her after the first time they had sex, her notes said, according to the report. "We talked for a couple hours - then, it was "ON"!"

The piece claims the tabloid also contracted Ms McDougal to write a fitness column, and approached Ms McDougal about extending her agreement after news broke that Stormy Daniels had been paid not to discuss her own alleged affair with the United States president.

According to McDougal's account, Trump asked for her number at the pool party and the two began talking regularly on the phone. Such a polite man. "I'm afraid to even mention his name".

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"With her schedule it was easier to meet him on the plane", Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement. Another adult-film actress, Dawn Vanguard, whose screen name is Alana Evans, claimed that Trump invited her to join them in his hotel room that weekend.

She said she signed a contract with American Media Inc., publisher of the National Inquirer, for exclusive rights to her story in exchange to run a fitness column.

McDougal did not directly comment on the alleged affair in the New Yorker piece, for fear of violating her agreement with American Media. The company's CEO, a Trump friend named David Pecker, apparently makes a habit of this so-called catch and kill approach. They never ran the story, which the New Yorker claims was shelved in order to keep it from getting out.

In a January post featuring an OK magazine article about her, McDougal is cited as a model and lifestyle expert and weighs in on hostess gifts for partygoers. The Trumps were married in 2005. "I know it's a different circumstance", she said, "but I just think I feel braver". However, a spokesperson for the White House has denied the relationship. The payment was later acknowledged by Trump's longtime aide and special counsel Michael Cohen, but he refused to say why Trump made the payment.