“A former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump settled her lawsuit Wednesday with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly,” the AP reports. “Karen McDougal’s settlement with the company that owns the National Enquirer ‘restores to me the rights to my life story and frees me from this contract that I was misled into signing nearly two years ago,’ she said in a statement Wednesday.”
The report notes that the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for the rights to her story about the alleged affair, but the story never ran. McDougal filed a lawsuit last month seeking to invalidate the contract.
“The suit alleged that the company didn’t publish the story because AMI’s owner, David Pecker, is ‘close personal friends’ with Trump,” the AP reports. “It also charged that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had inappropriately intervened and was secretly involved in discussions with AMI executives about the agreement.”
The report adds: “Federal agents raided Cohen’s office and residence last week seeking any information on payments made in 2016 to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, according to people familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Daniels has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.”