On Wednesday, ex-playboy model, Karen McDougal, who was suing tabloid publisher, American Media Inc., over her rights to discuss a story regarding President Trump, settled her lawsuit.
The original lawsuit was over a $150,000 deal between McDougal and American Media Inc. (A.M.I.) requiring her silence about an alleged affair between herself and President Trump. McDougal claimed that the media company bought her story only with the intention to bury it and silence her.
The former Playboy model also claimed that her deal with A.M.I. was influenced by President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
The settlement ends McDougal's lawsuit against A.M.I. and also stipulates that the media company has the rights up to $75,000 of future profits from her story about the alleged affair. McDougal has, however, been allowed to keep the $150,000 payment she initially received from the company. The company will also be able to retain the rights to any photographs they already have of her.
A.M.I. stated the settlement is an “amicable resolution” and they plan to honor the new agreement and run several fitness columns, featured articles, and a cover spread dedicated to McDougal.
“It’s a total win,” Mr. Stris, McDougal's lawyer said. “We got everything we were fighting for — she got out of the contract, gets the life rights back and owes A.M.I. nothing more.”
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