Tabloid paid out $30K to spike story alleging Trump love child

Tabloid paid out $30K to spike story alleging Trump love child

Tabloid paid out $30K to spike story alleging Trump love child

During AP's reporting, AMI threatened legal action over reporters' efforts to interview current and former employees and hired the NY law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, which challenged the accuracy of the AP's reporting. Generally, reporters want to wait until after they confirm an accusation to contact the person who is being accused - both to avoid tipping them off and to avoid creating unnecessary drama over a story that might not amount to anything. The penalty for revealing the rumor to anyone else would subject Sajudin to a $1 million payment to the National Enquirer.

Sajudin's ex-wife, Nikki Benfatto, also said that he is "infamous for making up stories", echoing the Trump Organization's response about the former doorman.

The woman who was allegedly impregnated by Trump has denied the rumor and told the AP directly that it was not true. "Unfortunately, however, Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room on Monday, seeking information about the payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

He is now under investigation over McDougal's case and a $130,000 payment in 2016 to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, who also alleges she had an affair with the president.

Dylan Howard, chief content officer of AMI, said in the statement: "Paying for information has always been a practice of the National Enquirer, and to suggest that it has only paid for, and not run, stories about any particular person is absurd". The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment.

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Four longtime Enquirer staff members contradicted Howard's statement during interviews with the AP. Daniels had signed a non-disclosure agreement but has since sued to claim the agreement was void because Trump had not signed it.

The Enquirer's Howard said the magazine released Sajudin from his exclusivity clause when he was approached by the other outlets.

Speaking with AP reporters, Cohen confirmed that he had discussed Sajudin's account with the National Enquirer while the tabloid was still working on it, but denied knowing about the payment beforehand.

The company has said it paid McDougal, the former Playboy Playmate, to be a columnist for an AMI-published fitness magazine, not to stay silent.

Whether or not Sajudin's account is true, the revelation that AMI effectively paid the ex-doorman what amounted to "hush-money" is the latest in an emerging pattern of schemes to "catch-and-kill" negative stories about the president, which may have hurt his chances at the presidency.

Now, get this ... he claims, "On one occasion immediately after the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Sciricco told Mr. Sajudin 'I hope Trump gets rid of you all'". But like McDougal's, the story also never ran, and the parallels with the McDougal and Stormy Daniels payments certainly raise questions about whether the payment was simply an effort to kill it to benefit Trump's campaign - and whether there was any coordination between AMI and Trump attorney Michael Cohen or the Trump campaign.

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