McDougal on Trump's 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Not the man that I knew'

McDougal on Trump's 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'Not the man that I knew'

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claims to have had a 10 month affair with U.S. President Donald Trump s dated back in 2006. The Wall Street Journal reported that American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, paid $150,000 for her story about the affair-but never ran it.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, a slick Karen contritely admitted to trying to sell her story before the Republican was even announced as the president elect - it was later bought up by National Enquirer but never ran.

"I can tell you we saw each other a minimum five times a month, up to bigger numbers per month", she said.

"But I looked at him and I said, 'That's not me". And that's kind of when I started like paying attention. She actually made a comment like, wow, this guy is really into you.

McDougal also told Cooper she didn't think it was odd that Trump would compare her to his daughter while they were having an affair - well, sort of.

Karen McDougal revealed she met Trump at the Playboy Mansion during filming of "Celebrity Apprentice", a TV series in which he starred.

"The story is out there now", she said.

McDougal said they were together "many dozens of times", and responded in the affirmative when asked if they were intimate - saying later that Trump had not used protection.

" There was a real relationship there". "There were feelings between the two of us".

She went on to talk about their first night of passion - and recalled how multi-millionaire Trump slipped her cash and bragged about the plushness of their hotel room.

"All the time. He always told me he loved me", McDougal replied.

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News of McDougal's alleged affair with the president first broke in November 2016, just days before the presidential election.

"What can you say except I'm sorry?" she said. McDougal consistently detailed Trump as being "very charming" as well as "sweet.".

The former Playboy model at first didn't want to come forward with her story. "I heard a lot about her".

"I voted for Donald", McDougal said.

McDougal was asked what she thought of former Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks' denial that McDougal and Trump had an affair. "I thought I was the only one". "But it was definitely a little like, 'Wow, you're going to lie about that?'"

Earlier this week, McDougal sued seeking to be released from a gagging order over the alleged affair. "I was like 'Wow, is he capable of that?' Because I didn't see that, but clearly women have their stories and their opinions and if they were violated like that they should come forward".

McDougal claimed to have strong feeling towards Donald Trump, however the involvement was taking it's toll on her and was "just tearing me apart", she pointed out.

Cooper asked McDougal what she thought when she heard the "Access Hollywood" tape that surfaced during the 2016 campaign, in which Trump could be heard boasting about grabbing women's genitals. "There's been some comments I've heard in the news he's said about her, I think those comments are wrong, but do I think it's unusual that a father would love his daughter so much that he brags about her?" "I'm really sorry for that".

"I was kind of mortified".

McDougal said she now knows the alleged affair was "wrong" and claims she's returned to her roots of her faith and is attending church. "I know it's a wrong thing to do". She said it made her feel "very guilty".

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