Karen McDougal Wiki
Karen McDougal (born March 23, 1971) is an American model and actress. She is known for her appearances in Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month for December 1997 and Playmate of the Year of 1998. In 2001, the readers of Playboy voted McDougal the runner-up of “The sexiest Playmate of the 1990s”.
McDougal taught pre-kindergarten before winning a swimwear competition that launched her career as a glamour, promotional, and swimsuit model. Since her appearances in Playboy, she has extended her career into a wide variety of appearances in mainstream media, including other magazine modeling, television commercials, and minor acting, with mixed success. She has been a successful fitness model, with multiple magazine appearances including being the first woman to appear on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine. She starred in The Arena, a direct-to-video film, and inspired the creation of a fantasy art statuette and a doll.
Karen McDougal Early Life
McDougal was born in Merrillville, Indiana, near Gary. She is of Cherokee, Scottish and Irish descent. McDougal is the first daughter in the family, with three older brothers, Bob, Dave and Jeff, and a younger sister, Tina. Her mother, Carol, remarried when McDougal was nine years old and the family moved to Sawyer, Michigan where she remained until college.
Karen McDougal Education & Career
McDougal studied tap dance and ballet as a child. Her childhood dream, prior to teaching and modeling, was to become a ballerina. She attended River Valley High School and became a cheerleader, band member, color guard, volleyball and softball player, as well as Michigan state champion clarinet player four years in a row in high school. Her high school nickname was “Barbie” due to her wholesome sweetness. After graduating from high school in 1989, she attended Ferris State University at Big Rapids, Michigan, majoring in Elementary Education.
After two years of college, McDougal moved to a Detroit suburb where she taught pre-kindergarten, before being persuaded to try out for a swimsuit competition. One of her professional goals has always been to open a learning center for children, but she has put those plans on hold to focus on pursuing roles in acting and modeling.
Karen McDougal sues Fox News for alleged defamation
Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before being elected president, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Fox News alleging that the news organization defamed her. In the lawsuit, filed in a New York state court, McDougal accused host Tucker Carlson of acting with “reckless disregard for the truth” when he suggested in a December 2018 episode of his show that she extorted Trump. In a statement provided by a Fox News spokesman, the network said it would “vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.” McDougal received $ 150,000 from American Media Inc., the parent company of National Enquirer, for its history of an alleged adventure with Trump. His lawsuit stated that in 2016 he tried to sell his story to the publication and that the tabloid finally bought it “to avoid its publication.” The practice of buying a story to avoid its final release is commonly known as “catch and kill.” The former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress that he participated in “several” cases in which the tactic was used to protect Trump’s image.
However, Carlson said in his program that it was an “indisputable” fact that two women “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family” if he did not provide them with money. Carlson said it sounded “like a classic extortion case,” and then referred to them as “extortion payments.” Carlson did not name McDougal, but then an image of her was shown on the screen. The other woman who appeared on the screen was Stephanie Clifford, the adult actress who calls herself Stormy Daniels and was also paid by the National Enquirer parent company for her story about an alleged affair with Trump. McDougal’s lawsuit said Carlson’s statements were “completely false” and accused Carlson of having made them “knowing that it was not true.” “McDougal never approached Trump and threatened to ruin his career or humiliate his family if he didn’t give him money,” McDougal’s lawsuit said. The lawsuit added: “If Carlson had done any responsible investigation or reporting or journalism, he would have easily discovered that what he and Fox News published about McDougal was and is demonstrably false.” McDougal’s lawsuit argued that Fox News defamed her by calling her “a criminal who extorted Trump for money.” “The Fox News publication was rudely irresponsible, made with a reckless contempt for truth and real malice,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit demanded “punitive damages for an amount that will be determined at trial.”