Karen McDougal, a model who says she had an affair with President Trump, has filed a slander lawsuit against Fox News over comments Tucker Carlson made on his show last December. Carlson said, "Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn't give them money. Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion." Carlson didn't use McDougal's name, but did put a picture of her on screen later in the segment. In the lawsuit, McDougal says she did not approach Trump and threaten to ruin his career like Carlson said; she sold her story to the National Enquirer for $150,000, and Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, has said he reimbursed the tabloid's publisher in order to keep McDougal quiet about the alleged affair. Fox News says it will "vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims."

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