Karen McDougal filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer, which paid her $150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet. (AMI) - the owner of the National Enquirer and Us Weekly - which paid her $150,000 in 2016 for the rights to her story, including claims that she had a relationship with Trump from 2006 to 2007.
The lawsuit claims McDougal was not told AMI had no obligation to run articles she had written or that they were simultaneously negotiating deals to kill other negative stories about Mr. Trump, and that his representatives received constant updates throughout the negotiations past year.
"Yet through all of it, AMI has continued to intimidate Ms. McDougal and threaten her with financial ruin if she tells her story to the American public - even as AMI itself has readily shared its own false account of both the relationship and its cover-up".
She rejected Trump's claim that he was immune from being sued, finding "absolutely no authority" to dismiss litigation related "purely to unofficial conduct" exclusively because he occupied the White House. David Pecker-the CEO of American Media Inc., which owns the Enquirer-is known to be friendly with Trump, and he reportedly spiked stories that showed his friends in a poor light. That would be the catch and kill.
"AMI entered into the agreement with Ms. McDougal in coordination with Michael Cohen, an agent of the Trump campaign, and for the objective of influencing the 2016 presidential election", the suit alleges.
"Unknown to Ms. McDougal, Mr. Davidson was working closely with representatives for Mr. Trump while pretending to advocate on her behalf", the suit alleges. Davidson is not a party to this complaint, and she is now represented by Peter Stris of Stris and Maher in Los Angeles. Now, she alleges was misled by AMI. Trump has denied the affairs, which both women have described as consensual. They promised instead to run columns, articles and at least two covers featuring McDougal and pushed her to sign the deal without delay.
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.
Daniels received US$130,000 under that agreement.
On March 16, Trump asked to have the case removed to federal court and says Clifford owes him $20 million for breaching the contract by speaking to the media numerous times.