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12:00 AM, April 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 20, 2018

Playboy model free to discuss Trump 'affair'

A media group agreed to release an ex-Playboy model from a deal that stopped her from discussing an alleged affair with US President Donald Trump, both sides confirmed Wednesday.

The deal was reached between American Media Inc., which owns tabloid magazine The National Enquirer, and model Karen McDougal.

It ends a lawsuit brought by McDougal and protects Trump from being drawn into a legal case involving efforts to buy the silence of women during his 2016 campaign, The New York Times said. Trump denies any affair with McDougal.

An American Media spokesperson confirmed the settlement, saying McDougal would appear on the cover and be the subject of a feature-length article in September's edition of Men's Journal.

In 2016, American Media acquired the rights to her story, which it never published, in return for $150,000 and commitments to promote her fitness career.

Under the settlement, American Media has the right to up to $75,000 of any future profits from her story.

McDougal had accused American Media, whose chairman is a Trump friend, of misleading her into signing the contract and Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen of intervening inappropriately.

The deal is now part of a federal criminal investigation into Cohen and his business dealings.

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