A former Playmate of the Year describes a nine-month affair with Donald Trump that began after an episode of “The Apprentice” taped at the Playboy Mansion in June 2006, according to Ronan Farrow in his latest story for The New Yorker.
The playmate, Karen McDougal, is still held to a 2016 gag deal involving $150,000 paid by the National Enquirer, but she admitted that an eight-page handwritten note detailing sex with Trump was hers.
The 46-year-old model told Farrow that she regretted signing the contract with the parent company of the Enquirer, whose CEO, David Pecker, is a personal friend of the president.
“It took my rights away,” McDougal told me. “At this point I feel I can’t talk about anything without getting into trouble, because I don’t know what I’m allowed to talk about. I’m afraid to even mention his name.”
In 2006, after their meeting, Trump and McDougal had frequent phone chats, leading to a first date while Melania Trump was at home with her infant son, Barron.
They had dinner in a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“I was so nervous! I was into his intelligence + charm. Such a polite man,” she wrote. “We talked for a couple hours – then, it was “ON”! We got naked + had sex.”
Farrow wrote: “As McDougal was getting dressed to leave, Trump did something that surprised her. ‘He offered me money,’ she wrote. ‘I looked at him (+ felt sad) + said, “No thanks – I’m not ‘that girl.’” I slept w/you because I like you – NOT for money’ – He told me ‘you are special.’ ”
McDougal wrote that she “went to see him every time he was in LA (which was a lot).”
Trump always stayed in the same bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel and ordered the same meal — steak and mashed potatoes, the document said.
Now McDougal fears that Enquirer parent AMI will retaliate for her speaking to Farrow publicly by seeking financial damages in a private arbitration process mandated by a clause of her contract.
“But she said that changes in her life and the emergence of the #MeToo moment had prompted her to speak,” Farrow wrote in a 3,600-word piece. “In January, 2017, McDougal had her breast implants removed, citing declining health that she believed to be connected to the implants. McDougal said that confronting illness, and embracing a cause she wanted to speak about, made her feel increasingly conflicted about the moral compromises of silence.”
McDougal told Farrow that her speaking out might persuade others to wait before signing nondisclosure agreements like hers.
“Every girl who speaks,” she’s quoted as saying, “is paving the way for another.”
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