Former Playboy model Karen McDougal apologised in a TV interview to Melania Trump for the alleged affair. (Reuters)
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a 10-month affair with US President Donald Trump starting in 2006, has said she was in love with him.
- Karen McDougal claims she would meet US President Donald Trump at his golf courses and Trump Tower
- The White House denies allegations of affair
- Affair allegedly began after Melania Trump have birth to Barron
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, she was asked if Mr Trump ever said he loved her.
“All the time. He always told me he loved me,” Ms McDougal said.
When asked if she thought this would lead to a marriage, Ms McDougal said, “Maybe”.
The White House has said that Mr Trump denies having an affair with Ms McDougal.
It was her first interview since suing American Media Inc, which owns The National Enquirer, earlier this week to be released from an agreement giving it exclusive rights to her story about the alleged affair.
New Yorker magazine reported in February that Mr Trump had an affair with Ms McDougal at the same time he was in a relationship with a porn star and the National Enquirer tabloid paid the model $US150,000 to prevent her story being made public.
US President Donald Trump allegedly met Karen McDougal at the Playboy Mansion. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)
Ms McDougal told CNN she was speaking publicly because, “I want to share my story because everybody else is talking about it”.
Ms McDougal said she and Mr Trump had sex dozens of times without using protection after the relationship began in Los Angeles in June 2006, not long after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.
She said she met Mr Trump at the Playboy Mansion during filming of Celebrity Apprentice, a TV series in which he starred.
“I was attracted to him. He’s a nice looking man. I liked his charisma,” she said.
‘I’m not that kind of girl’
Ms McDougal said their first sexual encounter was at his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel and that afterwards he offered her money.
“After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that,” McDougal said.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘That’s not me. I’m not that kind of girl.'”
Ms McDougal said she met Ms Trump at the Playboy Mansion at a party for the airing of Celebrity Apprentice.
CNN showed a picture of Ms McDougal with Mr Trump, Ms Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and other Playboy models.
She said she met Mr Trump at his golf courses in California and New Jersey and went with him to his family apartment at Trump Tower in New York City, going through a back entrance.
Ms McDougal said they also spent time at a resort at Lake Tahoe in California, where adult film actress Stormy Daniels has said she met Mr Trump.
Ms Daniels claims that she had an affair with Mr Trump.
Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, first spoke of an alleged affair with Mr Trump in 2011. (AP: Matt Sayles)
Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the President on March 6, stating that Mr Trump never signed an agreement for her to keep quiet about an “intimate” relationship between them.
She received $US130,000 under that agreement.
Ms McDougal said she broke up with Mr Trump in April 2007.
Asked what she would say to Mr Trump’s wife, Ms McDougal told CNN: “I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me.”
Ms McDougal filed a suit in California on Tuesday seeking release from the agreement requiring her to stay silent.
In the lawsuit, she said, “I just want the opportunity to set the record straight and move on with my life, free from this company, its executives, and its lawyers.”