An explosive new report from two major news outlets on Thursday says that the National Enquirer paid a New York City doorman $30,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep quiet about a rumor that Donald Trump had fathered an out-of-wedlock child with a woman who worked in the building - Trump World Tower, a skyscraper near the United Nations building in Manhattan.
The parent company of the National Enquirer, a noted ally to President Donald Trump, allegedly paid his former doorman tens of thousands of dollars for exclusive rights to a story they never meant to publish.
Dino Sajudin, who worked at one of Trump's NY establishments, is understood to have approached AMI's National Enquirer with information he'd been told about Trump's sex life in late 2015, after the real-estate mogul announced he was running for president. In a statement, Sajudin told the world what he'd told the reporter for American Media: "I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump's former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child". Not just that, Sajudin was also made to sign an agreement, which said that him talking about the rumor or his deal with Enquirer would attract a penalty of $1 million.
The Enquirer endorsed Trump's campaign, and the AP notes the tabloid published articles claiming Trump opponent Hillary Clinton was a bisexual "secret sex freak" and survived on a "narcotics cocktail".
Enquirer staffers, however, told The New Yorker and the Associated Press that reporters were pulled off the story, which claimed Trump had fathered a love-child nearly three decades ago. Marla Maples, Trump's second wife and the mother of his daughter Tiffany, has made that crystal clear for years. But when asked for more details on the rumor or the deal, he refused to talk and said: "If there's no money involved with it, I'm not getting involved". Trump has denied having an affair with McDougal. In the early stages of the 2016 election, he reportedly called the National Enquirer tip line with a juicy story.
Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who allegedly carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 around the same time as his alleged tryst with Stormy Daniels, was likewise paid $150,000 by A.M.I. for the rights to her story, which never ran, and she is now suing to break her silence.
The "father of the family" told The New Yorker that Sajudin's claims were "completely false and ridiculous".
The New Yorker cited a source close to the White House insisting that Trump "did not have an affair".
"When we realized we would be unable to publish ... we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanies his $30,000 payment", he added.
On Monday the office of Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and among documents reportedly seized were correspondence between Cohen, Pecker, and Howard.
Four longtime Enquirer staff members contradicted Howard's statement during interviews with the AP.
Her mom lives in a modest neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. When reached by The Associated Press, she said, "This is all fake".