Karen says she and Donald had a 10-month affair and he continues to deny the account, the same way he denies the affair with Stormy Daniels.
"A quarter-billion-dollar company posing as a media organization systematically intimidated and silenced Karen McDougal in order to achieve its political and financial ends, and she will no longer be quiet", McDougal's attorney, Peter Stris, said.
"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.
The decision by Justice Jennifer Schecter of the NY state court in Manhattan in favour of California restaurateur Summer Zervos, a former contestant on NBC's The Apprentice, raises the prospect that Trump might have to answer embarrassing questions in court about his behaviour towards women. While these results are not admissible in a court of law, it's notable that the test stated, "CONCLUSION: In the opinion of this examiner Ms. Clifford is truthful about having unprotected vaginal intercourse with Donald Trump in July 2006".
Howard spent several hours pressing McDougal on the details of her story. The company told The New York Times - which broke the story of McDougal's lawsuit - last month that it initially chose not to print her story when they first learned of her allegations a year ago because it could not verify important details. She was previously given a $130,000 payout for her silence on her interactions with Trump.
AMI told the New York Times that it spoke with Cohen about McDougal's story, but only while trying to fact-check her story. It seemed more plausible that Trump would not have known about the $150,000 deal between McDougal and American Media, but now the charge that Cohen was involved in that nondisclosure agreement, too, makes it even harder to imagine that the president had no idea what was being done on his behalf. The Times reports McDougal also allegedly met Trump at a golf tournament in 2006 and at a Beverly Hills hotel. Tuesday's complaint is the first time the publisher has heard McDougal is unhappy with the terms of her contract, according to the representative. McDougal then hired entertainment lawyer Davidson to represent her interests. He arranged an interview with Dylan Howard, American Media's chief content officer, in Los Angeles. She says when she renewed negotiations in 2016, she was informed of Pecker's friendship and the idea AMI would buy her story but not run it.