A former Playboy model on Tuesday sued the company that owns the National Enquirer so she could break her silence about an alleged affair she claims she had with President Trump.
Karen McDougal is suing American Media Inc., which paid her $150,000 for her story about the alleged affair and then withheld it from publication, The New York Times reports.
McDougal, whose lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that she was misled by American Media Inc. and her lawyer at the time about the deal.
She also said in the lawsuit that she was warned by the media company after the spoke with The New Yorker last month that "any further disclosures would break Karen's contract" and "cause considerable monetary damages," according to the Times.
McDougal's current lawyer, Peter Stris told the newspaper in an email that American Media Inc. carried out a "multifaceted effort to silence" his client.
“The lawsuit filed today aims to restore her right to her own voice,” he said. “We intend to invalidate the so-called contract that American Media Inc. imposed on Karen so she can move forward with the private life she deserves.”
McDougal told The New Yorker last month that a purported effort to cover up the story by the National Enquirer took her "rights away." The model also said she felt like she could not so much as mention Trump's name after she was paid for her story.