“President Trump’s political troubles with alleged extramarital affairs deepened Friday with publication of new details of his reported sexual relationship with a former Playboy model,” The Los Angeles Times reports, following the publication today by the New Yorker of a report by Ronan Farrow on the alleged affair.
In handwritten notes accompanying the story, “Karen McDougal, Playboy’s 1998 Playmate of the Year, recalled having sex with Trump in 2006, a few months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son, Barron,” The Times reports.
According to McDougal’s notes, Trump and McDougal met at a pool party at the Playboy Mansion, where Trump was taping an episode of his NBC reality show “The Apprentice.”
“The New Yorker article, citing previously undisclosed texts, emails and legal records, elaborates on a Wall Street Journal report in 2016 about a deal requiring McDougal to keep quiet about the alleged affair,” The Times notes. “It included a $150,000 payment to McDougal from American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, which never printed her story about Trump. David Pecker, chairman and CEO of AMI, is a close friend of the president.”
McDougal reportedly said she was speaking out in part because of the #MeToo movement. She’s quoted in the New Yorker piece saying: “Every girl who speaks is paving the way for another.”
A White House spokesperson told the New Yorker that Trump “never had a relationship with McDougal.”