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    Playboy Model Karen McDougal: Trump Told Me He Loved Me Constantly

    A former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Trump told her story for the first time Thursday night on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°—saying she was in love with the reality TV star and didn’t know he had other women.
    Karen McDougal told Anderson Cooper she saw Trump at least five times a month through 2006 until April 2007, when she ended the relationship. She said they slept together dozens of times without protection and that she was unaware Trump was apparently seeing other people, including porn star Stormy Daniels.
    “He was so sweet,” McDougal said. “Like what everyone sees on TV, I didn’t see in that man. Because that man was very sweet, very respectful, very loving, very kind and caring. That’s the man I saw.”
    McDougal’s exclusive interview came two days after she filed a lawsuit to free her from a non-disclosure agreement about her alleged affair with Trump—and three days before Daniels’ interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes is scheduled to air.
    On Tuesday, McDougal sued American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of The National Enquirer. The tabloid paid McDougal $150,000 to obtain exclusive rights to her story of her sexual relationship with Trump, then buried it. The payoff was allegedly made to protect the president, who is a friend of AMI’s chief executive.
     
    The CNN special largely covered what’s already been reported on McDougal’s story, which was revealed in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker investigation and detailed in McDougal’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County.
    But McDougal’s television interview also humanized Trump.
    She told Cooper she met Trump while filming Celebrity Apprentice at the Playboy Mansion, where she was hired to work a pool party scene. The event, according to The New Yorker, occurred in June 2006.
    “You know, he said hello like he would to anybody. And then throughout the night, it was kind of obvious that there was an attraction from his part to me, and I just kind of blew it off,” McDougal recalled of that fateful day.
    Trump was watching McDougal so much, she said, that the Playboy Bunny “house mother” told her, “Wow, this guy’s really into you.” They struck up a conversation, and Trump got her phone number. She didn’t consider dating him, she said, but was interested in getting to know this “brilliant” businessman.
    They spoke on the phone before Trump next visited Los Angeles, which McDougal says was on or around his birthday on June 12. “He would call me. I would call him. I had many of his phone numbers,” McDougal said.
    The 1998 Playmate of the Year said she had a few of Trump’s direct numbers, his bodyguard Keith Schiller’s digits, and the number of Trump’s personal secretary. “But I had all these phone numbers, so if I couldn’t reach him on one, depending on where he’s going to be, I would call the other.”
    McDougal said that when Trump called her, it would be from a blocked number—which was also apparently his M.O. with Stormy Daniels.
    Yet after their first date at Trump’s Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow, McDougal said she thought she’d never see him again. She was upset when he allegedly tried to pay her for sex.
    That night, Schiller picked McDougal up and drove her to the back of the hotel. McDougal was expecting dinner in the restaurant, but she ended up in the bungalow. “At that moment, I realized maybe something else was going on,” McDougal said. They talked and got to know one another for a few hours, then became intimate.
    When Cooper asked if McDougal was attracted to Trump, she replied, “I was attracted to him, yeah. He’s a nice-looking man, and you know, I liked his charisma. I love good, great posture. He’s got great posture, and he was nice.”
     

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