A PLAYBOY model was reportedly paid £120,000 hush money after an alleged affair with Donald Trump just months after the billionaire businessman and reality star’s wedding.
Centrefold model Karen McDougal, was apparently paid the huge sum for the story by the company that owns celebrity tabloid National Enquirer – but the story was never published, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The tabloid’s owner American Media reportedly handed over the huge sum to the 1998 Playmate of the Year, who believed the story would be published, but never shared it.
The money was also reportedly for fitness column, which was also never published.
A Trump campaign spokesperson said: “We have no knowledge of this”, adding that the affair was “totally untrue”.
Karen McDougal reportedly believed her story would be published after being paid thousands by American Media Inc, which owns the National Enquirer
The contract signed by Playboy model Karen McDougal specified that the story could not be told anywhere else.
Mr Trump, who married current wife Melania in 2005, has not addressed the claims since he has appeared in public.
Ms McDougal divorced her husband in 2006 – the same year of the reported affair with Trump.
The company denied it had not paid to kill the story, releasing a statement saying: “AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr Trump.”
The tabloid, run by Trump’s friend David Pecker, is one that has endorsed Trump for president.
Trump has been continuously supported by his wife Melania, who insisted that women target the billionaire, instead of the other way around.