Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in a California court in order to release her from a legal agreement requiring her to stay silent.
McDougal is suing American Media Inc., who paid her $150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet of her alleged affair with Trump.
“AMI lied to me, made empty promises, and repeatedly intimidated and manipulated me. 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,” McDougal said in a statement.
The suit comes a month after the New Yorker released an article that reported the alleged affair. The report also reported a move by American Media Inc to pay McDougal for exclusive rights to her story that was never published.
According to that New Yorker article, AMI chairman David Pecker described Trump as a “personal friend.”