A former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Trump is suing Fox News, claiming talk show host Tucker Carlson intentionally defamed her to an audience of millions by incorrectly accusing her of extortion.
Karen McDougal, whose story was infamously purchased and suppressed by the National Enquirer in an effort that apparently involved Trump, said Carlson showed “reckless disregard for the truth” during a December 2018 segment about her. In it, the television host asserted that McDougal had committed extortion after she “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money.”
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in New York state court, says: “This statement is completely untrue and was made knowing it was untrue and with reckless disregard for the truth.
“McDougal never approached Trump and threatened to ruin his career or humiliate his family if he did not give her money.”
McDougal claims her reputation has suffered because of Carlson’s comments, which she said could have been verified as false if he or Fox News “had conducted even a cursory investigation into the matter.” Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Fox, saying the network is responsible for the conduct of its host.