Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged affair with Donald Trump

A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump is suing to be released from a contract that prevents her from talking publicly about the alleged relationship.

The lawsuit comes as it emerged the porn star Stormy Daniels, who also says she had an affair with Mr Trump, passed a lie detector test over the matter in 2011.

Karen McDougal sued the owners of the National Inquirer, which paid her $150,000 for her story in 2016 and then did not publish it while requiring her to stay silent.

In her legal claim Ms McDougal also alleged that Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, had been secretly involved in her talks with AMI, the magazine’s owners.

Peter Stris, her lawyer, told the New York Times here had been a "multifaceted effort to silence Karen McDougal" and that "the lawsuit filed today aims to restore her right to her own voice. She will no longer be quiet".

AMI has said it didn’t find Ms McDougal’s account of an affair with Mr Trump credible and paid her to write fitness columns.

Ms McDougal’s alleged 10-month affair was said to have begun in 2006.

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It emerged on Tuesday that Daniels, an adult film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, took a lie detector test over similar claims of an affair with Mr Trump a decade ago.

She took the test in 2011 and the examiner concluded there was a 99 per cent probability she was telling the truth when she claimed to have had a sexual relationship with the future president.

Michael Avenatti, her lawyer, said: "Long before Mr Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency Ms Clifford passed a lie detector test confirming her relationship with Mr Trump. Where are his test results claiming otherwise?"

The White House has denied that there was a sexual relationship between Mr Trump and Ms Clifford. Meanwhile, a judge in New York ruled on Tuesday that a defamation case against Mr Trump could go ahead.

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, claimed that she was harassed by Mr Trump at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 2007.

When he accused her of making up the claims she sued for defamation.

Mr Trump’s lawyers tried to delay the case until he has left office but Judge Jennifer Schecter said: "No-one is above the law. A sitting president is not immune from being sued in federal court for unofficial acts."

The ruling means Mr Trump could have to give evidence, possibly by video conference call.

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