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Kurtz: Behind Karen McDougal ‘ s lawsuit Against the tabloid company
Howard Kurtz weighs in on Karen McDougal ‘ s lawsuit against the tabloid company
Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model plans to tell claiming their story tonight on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, that of the National Enquirer, the parent company of trying to intimidate them into silence about Donald Trump.
But there is more to the story that plays out in the correspondence between lawyer and company, American Media Inc.
The company is of the view, according to sources familiar with his attitude, is that this is little more than a money grab by a woman was unhappy with the $ 150,000 contract that you had signed.
The media are going full tilt now, McDougal is one of the three women, the renewed allegations against the President. The second is Stormy Daniels, the ex-porn star, says she had minutes of having an affair with trump in 2006, and their interview with Cooper is scheduled to air Sunday on “60.” The third summer Zervos, a former “apprentice” competitor, Trump says unwanted approach attempts, and who is just a judge’s approval to pursue a defamation lawsuit against him.
The President has denied the accounts of these and other women who emerged during the campaign, and the degree to which the public takes care of their claims remains to be seen.
McDougal recently spoke to the New York as you reported from your account, a mutual love relationship with trump as of 2006, around the same time as the alleged relationship with Daniels. Does not address the matter directly, but Ronan Farrow, probably from your friend, the notes that you made about the relationship, during or after the 2016 campaign.
If the Enquirer is the parent company of the company purchased McDougal, the limited life, rights and other services buried in the fall of 2016, it was widely regarded as a case of “catch and kill”, a story to to is. AMI have done is in the possession of David Pecker, a friend of Trump, which is said to be, the President favors such.
But the contract columns also write called on McDougal and appearing on two magazine cover, a point of contention.
Last month, McDougal’s then-counsel, Carol Heller, wrote to the AMI that you were inundated with questions about their relationship with the company and interviews wanted. (McDougal is added allowed to react to the “legitimate press inquiries” under a contract change, after the election in 2016.) Heller also threw out the idea of the renegotiation of the deal—the company is considered as a type of demanding more money in exchange for staying quiet about the trump card.
AMI wrote back that the shaft of the questions was McDougal of self-blame, as a result of discussions with the New York Ronan Farrow. The company said it is negotiating the sale of McDougal was the limited life of the rights, and that these talks would be damaged by further advertising. That, said AMI, would be a violation of McDougal of the contract and subject to significant financial damages.
Her new attorney, Peter Stris, had this in mind when he said: “a quarter of a billion-dollar company, which is intimidated as a media organization in a systematic and silenced, Karen McDougal in order to achieve its political and financial ends, and you will no longer be quiet.” (Stris not responded to a request for comment.)
McDougal said in their own statement that, “AMI lied to me, made empty promises, and again and again intimidated and manipulated me.”
AMI denied, trying to keep silent, McDougal, said in a statement that they “answer to free press inquiries about her relationship with President Trump for 2016.”
The sources said AMI approached from a network and was in talks about making a story about the alleged McDougal-Trump-to-many relationship.
AMI believes violates McDougal, the contract talks with the New Yorker, and would undertake a krasserer break, if she goes ahead with the CNN interview.
American media in the past month consented to have McDougal on the cover of Men’s Journal—the second of two covers provided for in the Treaty and tried to set up a 13. March Photo Shoot. The company stated that the former Playmate of the year wouldn’t you wear a bathing suit and could choose their own clothes.
Despite several E-Mails, McDougal never agreed to shoot the photo.
As for your columns, McDougal self-AMI wrote in the beginning of this month and protest, to write a request, a second piece for the month, and said that she is only obligated to write one a month. (The contract provides for six columns a month, but the understanding is that a single monthly piece would run in six branches.)
This correspondence seems to McDougal’s argument that the AMI was not giving her enough exposure under the offer.
As in the case of Stormy Daniels, the lawyers argue about the small print and if both women are violated non-disclosure agreements that they signed voluntarily.
The question for the court of public opinion is whether Trump and his tabloid ally to suppress both of these women are trying to stories.
In contrast to Bill Clinton, the alleged infidelity, resigned, as he was a celebrity, a business man, not living in the White house.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.