McDougal is now attempting to be freed from a 2016 legal agreement with American Media Inc. that paid her $150,000, supposedly for a story about her relationship with Trump but apparently to keep her silent, a tabloid maneuver known as “catch and kill.”
However, McDougal spoke about Trump with Anderson Cooper on Thursday evening on CNN and said the Donald brought her to tears the first night they were together.
Here’s the transcript from the show:
Karen McDougal: Well, after we had been intimate, he tried to pay me. And I actually did not take that.
AC: Did he actually try to hand you money?
KM: He did. And I said, I just had this look, I just, I don’t even know how to describe the look on my face. It must have been so sad, because I never have been offered money like that, No. 1, and, No. 2, does he think I’m in this for money, and that’s why I’m here tonight? Or is this a normal thing? I don’t know.
“But I looked at him and said, ‘That’s not me, I’m not that kind of girl.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Oh,’ and he said, ‘You’re really special.’ And I said, ‘Thank you.’
“So I left, and I got into the car ... and started crying. I was really sad. It really hurt me, but I went back.”
AC: Hurt you that he saw you in that way?
KM: Yes. Hurt me that he saw me in that light and he obviously assumed that’s the kind of girl I was. Maybe because I was a Playmate, I don’t know.
AC: “Even though you had a night of conversation and days of conversation, it hurt you that it boiled down in the end to that?”
KM: “It did hurt me. It did hurt me. I was crying in the backseat of the car, like I said. I got home and I was crying a lot. I felt terrible about myself.”