McDougal claims that the Enquirer swooped in with a $150,000 deal while she was considering telling her story to ABC News in the summer of 2016.
In court documents obtained by The New York Times, McDougal's lawyers asserted that American Media Inc., a company that operates The National Enquirer and Men's Fitness and is owned by Trump's personal friend David Pecker, worked with Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and McDougal's own lawyer, Keith Davidson, to keep McDougal from speaking about her relationship with Trump one he made a decision to run for President. The statement reiterated the company's position is that the contract gave American Media Inc.
In the letter, McDougal says after she and Trump began a physical relationship shortly after they met and he offered to pay her, but she declined.
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AMI has a reputation for buying rights to and then burying stories that might damage allies of the company's chief executive, David J. Pecker.
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Representatives of American Media didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.
In response to the original Journal story about the Enquirer and McDougal, American Media Inc. denied paying to kill damaging stories about Trump.
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.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels - who was paid $130,000 by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in exchange for her silence - similarly filed suit earlier this month. McDougal says her own lawyer pressured her to take the deal, and failed to disclose that the publisher didn't actually have to print the promised coverage.
"Thus, the suggestion that AMI "silenced" her is completely without merit".
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 a year ago.