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Woman Sues Tabloid Publisher for Burying Story on Alleged Trump Affair

Karen McDougal
Karen McDougalPhotographer: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America

A former Playboy Playmate of the Year said the owner of the National Enquirer tricked her into signing a contract that forced her to be silent about an alleged affair she had with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007.

Karen McDougal said in a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles that American Media Inc. paid $150,000 in 2016 for her story without publishing it because David Pecker, the company’s owner, is a close personal friend of Trump.