Karen McDougal: 5 Revelations From CNN Interview About Her Alleged Affair With Donald Trump

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper for an extensive interview on Thursday, March 22, about her alleged 10-month affair with President Donald Trump.

McDougal, 47, said she first met the real estate mogul, 71, at the Playboy Mansion in 2006 while he was filming a scene for The Celebrity Apprentice. She claimed he immediately expressed interest in her and they began a sexual relationship not too long after their first encounter.

Karen McDougal
Karen McDougal

Below, Us Weekly rounds up the five biggest revelations from the hourlong interview.

1. He Allegedly Offered to Pay Her After Sex

The model claimed that Trump tried to hand her money after they had sex for the first time at a hotel in Beverly Hills. “He tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that,” she said. “The look on my face must have been so sad because I’d never been offered money like that. … It hurt me that he saw me in that light.”

2. He ‘Never’ Asked Her to Hide Their Alleged Relationship

McDougal explained that she kept detailed notes about her interactions with the former reality star in a diary, and even discussed the alleged affair with her sister. “Once he asked, ‘Does your sister know?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, she knows,’” McDougal claimed. “He’s like, ‘Aww,’ so he wasn’t afraid to hide it at all.”

3. She Knew He Was Married

The actress said she was fully aware that the business mogul was married to Melania Trump, but claimed that “he never talked about his wife.” Visibly emotional, McDougal admitted that she felt guilty about the alleged affair, saying, “Looking back where I was back then, I know it’s wrong. I’m really sorry for that.”

donald-trump-melania
Donald Trump and Melania Trump appear at an NBC Town Hall for the ‘Today’ show in New York City on April 21, 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

4. She Was in Love With Him

McDougal claimed the businessman had real feelings for her. “Of course he did. I know he did,” she said. “I was [in love with him], he was [in love with me]. … He always told me he loved me. He would call me ‘baby’ or he would call me ‘beautiful Karen.’”

5. She Met Melania Once

The 1998 Playmate of the Year said she “tried to keep my distance” from Melania, also now 47, when she met the future first lady at an event for The Celebrity Apprentice. “I felt guilty,” she recounted. Not long after, in April 2007, McDougal decided to end the alleged relationship because it was “tearing” her apart. “What can you say except ‘I’m sorry’?” she said. “I wouldn’t want it done to me.”

The White House has denied that the president ever had a sexual relationship with McDougal.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

What's In Motion?

Go back

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more