Ex-Playmate reaches deal allowing her to speak about alleged affair with Trump

Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model reported to have had an affair with Donald Trump a decade ago, has reached a deal with the owner of The National Enquirer allowing her to discuss the reports in public, she and her attorney said Wednesday.

McDougal, 47, Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1998, last month sued American Media Inc., or AMI, the Enquirer's parent company, for the right to speak publicly about the case — even though the company paid her $150,000 to turn over all rights to her story in 2016.

McDougal's attorney, Peter Stris, confirmed that under the terms of the settlement, McDougal can keep the $150,000 payment from American Media, while the publisher retains rights to up to $75,000 of any future profits from her story and the rights to any photographs of her already in its possession.

American Media also confirmed the details of the settlement, saying it "is pleased that we reached an amicable resolution with Ms. McDougal today that provides both sides what they wanted as a result."

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SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 30: Playmates Katie Lohmann (top) and Karen McDougal attend the 7th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble championship finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club on March 30, 2007 in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Karen McDougal during 7th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble Championship Finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, California, United States. (Photo by Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - MARCH 30: Playmate Karen McDougal attends the 7th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble championship finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club on March 30, 2007 in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Karen McDougal during 7th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble Championship Finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, California, United States. (Photo by Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)
382949 09: Playboy playmate Karen McDougal strikes a pose as a pinup girl similiar to a watercolor painting by Alberto Vargas December 7, 2000 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, CA. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner announced the sale of four rare Alberto Vargas watercolors to be sold on the new Playboy Auctions web site. Vargas'' classic watercolors of pinup girls appeared in Playboy magazine in the 1960''s. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
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Hugh Hefner, George Maloof, Christine Santiago, Karen McDougal, Julie Cialini (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
382949 04: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, center, poses with playmates, left to right, Carrie Stevens, Kalin Olson, Karen McDougal and Deanna Brooks dressed as pinup girls December 7, 2000 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, CA. Hefner announced the sale of four rare Alberto Vargas watercolors to be sold on the new Playboy Auctions web site. Vargas'' classic watercolors of pinup girls appeared in Playboy magazine in the 1960''s. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Karen McDougal arrives at the launch party to celebrate Diane von Furstenberg's limited edition designer mobile phone at Astra West in the Pacific Design Center on October 15, 2004 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Cherie Steinberg/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Karen McDougal, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1998 attend Playboy's Super Saturday Night Party presented by Bacardi at Sagamore Hotel on February 6, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Bacardi)
5/28/98 Beverly Hills, Ca Hugh Hefner and Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal at the Playboy Mansion.
Newly named Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal poses with her new Shelby series Mustang which she received May 28 at ceremonies held at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Ca.The Indiana native will be featured in the July issue of the magazine.
Newly-named Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal poses with Playboy magazine founder and editor in chief Hugh Hefner May 28 at ceremonies held at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Ca.The Indiana native will be featured in the July issue of the magazine. SSM/RC
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The company said that under other terms of the agreement, McDougal will also appear on the cover of the September issue of Men's Journal, along with a feature article, and that she will publish five additional health and fitness columns in American Media properties.

McDougal said the settlement "frees me from this contract that I was misled into signing nearly two years ago."

"My goal from the beginning was to restore my rights and not to achieve any financial gain, and this settlement does exactly that," she said. The New York Times quoted McDougal as saying Wednesday that, for now, she has no plans to sell her story to a new buyer.

Stris told NBC News last month that Trump and McDougal had a 10-month affair that ended in April 2007, when Trump was already married to his current wife, Melania, now the first lady.

"It was a romantic relationship," Stris said. "They were together very often."

Trump has denied that he had an affair with McDougal.

American Media's chief executive, David Pecker, has had a long and friendly relationship with the president. The company is also reported to have paid $30,000 to a former doorman at one of Trump's New York buildings for the rights to what he knows about Trump's activities — but then never publishing a story. It's a tactic known as "catch and kill" in the tabloid news world.

According to McDougal's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the 2016 agreement put her in an impossible position.

According to the agreement, which was attached as an exhibit to the lawsuit, the deal barred her from discussing "any romantic, personal and/or physical relationship McDougal has ever had with any then-married man."

Since then, however, McDougal has become both the subject of federal complaints against American Media and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the target of a request by BuzzFeed to preserve all documents that could be related to its defense against a defamation lawsuit filed against it by Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney.

McDougal also alleged that the agreement was void because American Media fraudulently denied her crucial information about its "essential terms," which she alleged were the equivalent of an illegal corporate campaign contribution.

"Really, the issue of our lawsuit is not about the relationship. It's about the coverup," Stris told NBC News last month.

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