Ronan Farrow’s latest exposé for The New Yorker is all about Donald Trump and his cheating ways. Much like Stormy Daniels’ story, this one also involves an alleged NDA and a pay-off, and a timeline that puts it not too far away from when Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron.
Ronan spoke to Karen McDougal, former Playboy Playmate of the Year and runner-up for Sexiest Playmate of the 1990s (#1 was Pamela Anderson). Karen says she met Trump at the Playboy Mansion in June 2006 while he was taping an episode of The Apprentice: Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner threw a pool party for contestants and invited current and former Playmates. At the time of the party, Trump had been married to Melania for about a year and a half, and she had just given birth to Barron about three months earlier. Karen alleges that Trump was all over her at the party, so much so that a Playmate Promotions employee joked that she might be his next wife.
Karen was clearly wooed by Trump and they began an affair after he got her phone number. Karen says it was completely consensual. She says their first hook-up happened at the Beverly Hills Hotel (he also allegedly took Stormy Daniels there too). Trump allegedly tried to pay her after they had sex. When she told him she wasn’t “that girl,” he said reportedly told her she was “special.” Karen says she continued to see him when he was in Los Angeles, and that he always ate the same thing – steak and mashed potatoes. He also flew her out to Trump Tower in NYC, and offered to buy her an apartment in New York and one in Tampa, FL. Their affair lasted nine months, and ended after the guilt of the situation became unbearable for her.
One of Karen’s friends gave Ronan an eight-page letter from her and it details her affair with Trump.
Ronan Farrow writes that it’s not so much the affair that’s shocking, but how Trump and his goons tried to cover it up and make sure Karen couldn’t talk about it in the future.
In November 2016, four days before the US Presidential election, American Media Inc. (aka the publishers of the National Enquirer), cut Karen a check for $150,000 for the exclusive rights to her affair story. David Pecker, CEO and chairman of AMI, considers Trump a “personal friend.” You don’t have to struggle too much to see where this is going. AMI also came to an agreement in which Karen would publish a regular aging and fitness column. When Trump won the election, Karen says AMI didn’t really keep up their end of the bargain regarding that column. They also gave her a new contract to sign which would allow her to respond to “legitimate press inquiries” about the affair.
Karen spoke to Ronan on the record, but she couldn’t say much due to her $150,000 agreement with AMI. She says she regrets signing that contract, because it took her rights away. She says she’s also scared of even mentioning his name, because she’s not sure if that would be a violation of her contract. Karen might not want to talk, but Ronan is happy to do the talking for her. Today he appeared on The View to discuss his exposé.
A spokesperson for the White House is denying the affair between Trump and Karen.
“This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”
That’s kind of a short little statement. Then again, another affair probably isn’t high up the President’s List of Things to Make Panicked Denials About, now that Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 election.
One of the things Trump allegedly pointed out to Karen during her tour of Trump Tower was Melania’s separate bedroom. Trump reportedly told her she likes “her space.” Can you blame her? Forget for a second that she’s married to Trump. If I was married to someone who looked like a rotten clementine and constantly smelled like steak farts, I wouldn’t want to spend 8 to 10 hours at a time in an enclosed space with them either.