This Playboy model claims her nine month affair with Donald Trump has been covered up
Donald Trump's first year of Presidency hasn't exactly been smooth-sailing. There have been dismissals, forced resignations, and quarrels with everyone from senior White House figures and heads of state, to the keyboard on Twitter. And this is barring the fact that the 45th President of the United States is a keen global warming denier, who even went as far as to dismiss it as a "hoax" created by China to jeopardize the US economy. As such, it's no surprise that the billionaire business mogul has the lowest approval rating of any president in modern history, with almost half of America considering him mentally unstable.
But it doesn't just end there. Trump has been repeatedly been slammed with allegations of sexual misconduct. The latest, however, is potentially the most serious. Following a golf tournament in 2006 at Lake Tahoe - a year after he married Melania - Trump purportedly had a brief affair with the adult film star, Stormy Daniels. The actress's lawyer has claimed that she was paid $130,000 before the presidential election to guarantee her silence. While the Trump administration initially dismissed the story as a fabrication, the president's personal lawyer confirmed in a statement to the press on Wednesday that he privately paid Ms Daniels.
And it appears another model is adding fuel to the fire, after claiming that she had a nine-month affair with Donald Trump just months after his wife gave birth to his youngest son, Barron.
Karen McDougal, who was voted Playmate of the Year in 1998, has alleged that she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump in 2006, after meeting him at a pool party at the Playboy Mansion.
She claims that the affair was covered up six days before the 2017 presidential election, after the National Enquirer paid $150,000 for the rights to the story, but then refrained from publishing it.
While the National Enquirer informed the New Yorker that the story wasn't published because they didn't find it credible, the opposing publication pointed out that "catch and kill" operations, the practice wherein publishers buy exclusive stories only to bury them, are often used by US tabloids.
The New Yorker even stated that it is a tactic known to be used by David Pecker, publisher of the National Enquirer, and a close friend of Donald Trump's.
In a handwritten account obtained by the New Yorker, McDougal asserts that the pair's first date was dinner in a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "I was so nervous! I was into his intelligence + charm. Such a polite man,” she wrote, before adding "We talked for a couple hours – then, it was 'ON'! We got naked + had sex."
The 46-year-old alleged that as she was getting ready to leave, Trump offered her money - which she declined.
McDougal also said that she would meet the former Apprentice star in the same hotel every time he was visiting Los Angeles, which happened "a lot".
According to a friend of the Playboy model, John Crawford, McDougal ended the relationship in 2007, mainly because she "couldn't look at herself in the mirror anymore."
A White House spokesperson asserted that Donald Trump has denied ever having a relationship with Karen McDougal, and that he has branded the story as "more fake news".
Well, it's certainly apparent that Donald Trump isn't going to lose his salacious reputation anytime soon.