In an eight-page, handwritten document that The New Yorker obtained, Karen McDougal detailed her alleged affair with Trump for nine months from June 2006 to April 2007, when Trump was two years into his marriage with Melania Trump, the future first lady.
The document was provided to The New Yorker by McDougal’s friend, but she confirmed to the magazine that the handwriting in the document is hers.
The magazine’s story was published on Friday.
The document describes how Trump allegedly carried out his affair with McDougal — paying for dinner in a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, offering her money after the first time they had sex and reimbursing her for travel.
“No paper trails for him,” McDougal wrote, according to The New Yorker.
“This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal,” the spokesperson said.
Trump also made comments McDougal found disrespectful, including calling her mother, who was close to Trump’s age, an “old hag,” and a lewd, stereotypical reference to black men’s genitals, The New Yorker reported, citing multiple sources.
After ending the affair, McDougal signed a limited life-story rights agreement in August 2016, granting American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer — an outlet that’s published material favorable to Trump — exclusive ownership of her story for $150,000.
However, the company — run by David Pecker, a friend of Trump’s — never ran her story and, according to The New Yorker, instead used the purchase to kill the piece. The company told the magazine it did not print it because it did not find McDougal’s story to be credible.
Jerry George, a former senior editor for American Media, Inc., told The New Yorker that Pecker routinely buys and kills stories, and also protects Trump, who he considers a friend.