Ex-Playboy model tells CNN she 'was in
love' with Trump
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[March 23, 2018]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former
Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair
with U.S. President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson
Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in
love with Trump.
Asked if Trump ever said he loved her, McDougal said, " All the time. He
always told me he loved me."
When asked if she thought this would lead to a marriage, McDougal said,
The White House has said that Trump denies having an affair with
It was her first interview since suing American Media Inc, which owns
The National Enquirer, earlier this week to be released from an
agreement giving it exclusive rights to her story about the alleged
New Yorker magazine reported in February that Trump had an affair with
McDougal at the same time he was in a relationship with a porn star and
the National Enquirer tabloid paid the model $150,000 to prevent her
story being made public.
McDougal told CNN she was speaking publicly because, "I want to share my
story because everybody else is talking about it."
McDougal said she and Trump had sex dozens of times without using
protection after the relationship began in Los Angeles in June 2006, not
long after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.
She said she met Trump at the Playboy Mansion during filming of
"Celebrity Apprentice," a TV series in which he starred. “I was
attracted to him. He’s a nice looking man. I liked his charisma,” she
McDougal said their first sexual encounter was at his bungalow at the
Beverly Hills Hotel and that afterwards he offered her money.
"After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn't
know how to take that," McDougal said. "I looked at him and I
said,‘That’s not me. I’m not that kind of girl.’"
McDougal said she met Melania at the Playboy Mansion at a party for the
airing of "Celebrity Apprentice." CNN showed a picture of McDougal with
Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, and other Playboy models.
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She said she met Trump at his golf courses in California and New
Jersey and went with him to his family apartment at Trump Tower in
New York City, going through a back entrance.
McDougal said they also spent time at a resort at Lake Tahoe in
California, where adult film actress Stormy Daniels has said she met
Trump. Daniels claims that she had an affair with Trump.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president
on March 6, stating that Trump never signed an agreement for her to
keep quiet about an "intimate" relationship between them. Daniels
received $130,000 under that agreement.
McDougal said she broke up with Trump in April 2017.
Asked what she would say to Melania, McDougal told CNN, "I'm sorry.
I wouldn't want it done to me."
McDougal filed suit in California on Tuesday seeking release from
the agreement requiring her to stay silent.
In the lawsuit, she said, "I just want the opportunity to set the
record straight and move on with my life, free from this company,
its executives, and its lawyers."
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
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