Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year, said she had a year-long affair with Trump starting in 2006 through 2007 while Trump was married to Melania.
McDougal sold the story for $150,000 to The National Enquirer, which had yet to publish it.
But The Wall Street Journal today (Nov 4) published a lengthy account, revealing details of the affair.
National Enquirer owner David Pecker tried to cover up the story, according to The Journal. Pecker is close friends with Trump and has endorsed him in The Enquirer.
The ploy is known as a “catch and kill” in the world of tabloid journalism. McDougal signed a legal agreement not to discuss the story with any other media outlet.
For its part, the tabloid, which is known for its sensational reporting, denied sitting on the story. A Trump spokesman went the usual full hangout route and claimed the affair never happened.
McDougal told several friends her affair with Trump lasted 10 months; another friend said the affair lasted about a year.
In fact, Trump invited McDougal and the friend to the 2006 Miss Universe pageant in Los Angeles. Trump’s limo picked up the pair and took them to McDougal’s Beverly Hills home, a friend told The Journal.
That night, the two women sat in the front row with Trump next to music producers Quincy Jones and David Foster. Trump escorted them home, the friend said.
The report has to be humiliating for Melania. But that wasn’t the only bad news for the former Slovenian model.
Melania was fingered for working in the United States in 1996 as an illegal immigrant in a new Associated Press report.
She worked at least 10 modeling jobs without the necessary legal documents in violation of U.S. immigration laws. Donald Trump has vowed to deport millions of illegal immigrants for doing the same thing.
Melania first arrived in the United States in Aug. 2006 on a visitor visa, which did not authorize her to work.
Yet, she landed at least 10 modeling jobs and earned $20,056 that should have gone to a legal U.S. resident. That’s about $31,000 adjusted for inflation.
She finally obtained an H-1B visa permitting her to work in Oct. 1996. She received a green card in 2001. She married Trump in 2005.
When questions were raised about her work status earlier this year, she insisted she never worked in the country illegally and threatened to sue any media outlet that claimed otherwise.
She produced a letter from a lawyer that and noted on Twitter that it “states that, with 100% certainty, I correctly went through the legal process when arriving in the USA.”
Melania was dragged into the national spotlight when a 2005 taped conversation surfaced between her husband and then-Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush.
On the tape, Trump bragged about trying to seduce a married woman… without luck.
“I did try and f-ck her. She was married,” Trump said.
“I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
At the time, Trump was newly married to his third and current wife Melania, who was pregnant.
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