WASHINGTON - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with US President Donald Trump starting in 2006, told CNN’S Anderson Cooper 360 in an interview broadcast on Thursday night that she was in love with Trump.
Asked if Trump ever said he loved her, McDougal said, “All the time. He always told me he loved me.” When asked if she thought this would lead to a marriage, McDougal said, “Maybe.”
The White House has said that Trump denies having an affair with McDougal.
It was her first interview since suing American Media Inc, which owns The National Enquirer, earlier this week to be released from an agreement giving it exclusive rights to her story about the alleged affair.
New Yorker magazine reported in February that Trump had an affair with McDougal at the same time he was in a relationship with a porn star and the National Enquirer tabloid paid the model $150,000 to prevent her story being made public.
McDougal told CNN she was speaking publicly because, “I want to share my story because everybody else is talking about it.”
McDougal said she and Trump had sex dozens of times without using protection after the relationship began in Los Angeles in June 2006, not long after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.
She said she met Trump at the Playboy Mansion during filming of “Celebrity Apprentice,” a TV series in which he starred. “I was attracted to him. He’s a nice looking man. I liked his charisma,” she said.
McDougal said their first sexual encounter was at his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel and that afterwards he offered her money. - Agencies