Tabloid paid out $30K to spike story alleging Trump love child
- Author: Theresa Obrien Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 13:45
The saga seems in keeping with previous reports of "catch and kill" scenarios involving the Trump campaign, most notably the claim from former Playboy model Karen McDougal that the National Enquirer's parent company paid her U.S. $150,000 to shut up about her alleged affair with Trump.
Sajudin's story alleged that Trump impregnated a female employee at Trump World Tower, his skyscraper near the United Nations.
The refrain out of American Media is that the reason they did not publish the "love child" story is because they did not find it credible.
Dino Sajudin, a doorman at Trump Tower in NY, is alleged to have been paid $30,000 by the National Enquirer for an exclusive story claiming that Donald Trump had fathered a child out of wedlock with an employee in the 1980s.
"National Enquirer" owner and close friend of Donald Trump, David Pecker.
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Ms. Benfatto, who was married to Mr. Sajudin for 14 years but told the Daily News she hadn't spoke to him since he threatened her in 2014, said he was constantly name-dropping and gossiping to her, but never mentioned a Trump love child.
Maybe. But maybe there was another obvious reason they didn't publish the story, one that could well have had a lot to do with Trump's election campaign.
The parallel between the ex-Playmate's and the ex-doorman's dealings with the Enquirer raises new questions about the roles that the Enquirer and Cohen may have played in protecting Trump's image during a hard-fought presidential election. McDougal's story was also not published.
McDougal was paid $150,000 by the Enquirer to keep her mouth shut about the Trump affair, and is now suing to be released from that silence agreement.
Mr. Sajudin, who told the National Enquirer of Mr. Trump's affair with a maid, has numerous credibility problems, according to the New York Daily News, and was called "a pathological liar" by his ex-wife.
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"You know I took a polygraph test", Sajudin said.
Sharon Churcher, one of the lead A.M.I. reporters on the story, told me, "I do not believe that story was true".
Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told AP that he discussed Sajudin's story with the magazine when the tabloid was working on it.
Two payments that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into are ones that were made to two women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who have claimed to have had affairs with Trump while he was married.
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Upon hearing word that his contract had been exposed to the press, Sajudin stuck by his story. But a Boies Schiller partner said on Thursday that the two matters were unrelated and that the firm's work for AMI ended months before reports about Weinstein's misconduct became public in November.