Trump paid doorman $30K to keep quiet about a secret child

Feds are trying to determine if the American Media Inc. helped Trump during the presidential campaign

(AMI) paid ex-doorman Dino Sajudin to sign over the rights, "in perpetuity", to a rumor about Trump allegedly having fathered a child with a Trump World Tower employee.

Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she'd had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid's parent made a $30,000 USA payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul's New York City buildings.

A new report by the Associated Press and "The New Yorker" says that Donald Trump possibly fathered a sixth child, this one out of wedlock, and his friends at "The National Enquirer" paid to cover up the story before the 2016 election.

The contract stipulated that he would have to pay a $1 million penalty if he talked about the rumor or the deal to remain quiet.

Meanwhile, the unnamed woman, who is said to have had a child with Trump, also denied the rumors and said that she has never had an affair with Trump.

The Enquirer maintains it didn't report the doorman's story because it "lacked any credibility". The company only released Sajudin from his contract after the 2016 election amid inquiries from the Journal about the payment. He said he did not know about the publication's payment.

Farrow writes that thirty minutes after The New Yorker contacted A.M.I. for comment about the payment, Radar Online, which is owned by A.M.I., posted a story acknowledging that the payment had been made to Sajudin, but that his story had been determined to be false.

Dylan Howard, the Enquirer's top editor and an AMI executive, also explained that the story seemed very interesting in the beginning and would have sold "hundreds of thousands" of magazines, but turned out to be untrue.




The publication ultimately spiked the story, according to The Associated Press.

But four longtime Enquirer staffers directly familiar with the episode challenged Howard's version of events.

They were said to have downed tools shortly after Sajudin passed a lie-detector test to establish how he heard the rumor.

The story about the Sajudin deal draws parallels with previous reports saying the Enquirer tried to "catch and kill" the story about Trump's alleged liaison with Playboy model Karen McDougal.

"AMI categorically denies that Donald Trump or Michael Cohen had anything to do with its decision not to pursue a story about a "love child" that it determined was not credible", AMI said in its statement Thursday.

"The source that this is coming from is unstable on every level", Benfatto said of her former husband of 14 years. But if gorging ourselves on the ugly details of the president's intimate life is providing us with some sort of psychic sedation, maybe we need another way of dealing with the Trump era.

In the tabloid world purchasing information is not uncommon.

He read Trump's morning tweetstorm railing against the Mueller probe, then offered "some free legal advice: When you're under investigation for obstruction of justice, don't tweet, "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back).' Fighting back is the 'obstruction" part". However, Sajudin refused to unless he received an advance payment.

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