Trump faces double lawsuit threat from ex-Playboy model and Apprentice star

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday

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The complaint is the second this month by a woman claiming Trump and his cohort have tried to keep them from talking about alleged extramarital affairs with the president before he was elected.

McDougal filed suit against America Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, and reportedly wants to be released from a 2016 legal agreement in which she agreed to keep silent. "She will no longer allow AMI to profit from and control her with a fraudulent and illegal contract".

Under the contract between McDougal and American Media, included in court documents, the former model would appear on magazine covers and write fitness columns while turning over lifetime rights to her story about "any romantic, personal and/or physical relationship McDougal has ever had with any then-married man". McDougal is asking the court to nullify the deal with AMI, but on Tuesday afternoon, AMI issued a statement that said McDougal has been free to talk about her relationship with Trump since 2016. McDougal told the New Yorker that she did not fully understand the agreement at the time and that she regrets signing it. The lawsuit claims that Mr. Davidson was a close ally of Mr. Trump and was only pretending to advocate on her behalf. "Ms. McDougal received $150,000 (nearly half of which went to the lawyer, who she did not realize was colluding with the other side) and a false promise to jumpstart her career as a health and fitness model", McDougal says in her lawsuit. Stephanie Clifford, famously known as Stormy Daniels, has also alleged an affair with Trump.

As American Media and Davidson pushed her to sign the deal August 5, McDougal expressed misgivings.

Ahead of the Presidential election, the Wall Street Journal published a story saying the media company shelled out the cash as part of a well-known tabloid maneuver called "catch and kill".

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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels - who was paid $130,000 by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in exchange for her silence - similarly filed suit earlier this month.

But when she began talking to ABC News, AMI returned to her with the $150,000 payment for the objective of buying her story, "but it would not publish the story" because of Pecker's relationship with Trump, according to the lawsuit.

Sources told the Daily News that McDougal was "fielding multiple offers" before she signed the agreement with the National Enquirer. She added that Keith Davidson, her lawyer who helped solidify the deal with A.M.I. and also worked with Clifford, pushed her to sign in return for the money, more than 100 columns or articles, and two covers with the publication.

McDougal's lawsuit follows a similar legal fight from Daniels, whose highly anticipated interview on 60 Minutes about her supposed affair with the president will air this weekend.

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