National Enquirer Paid $30K To Kill Rumor That Trump Fathered Child With Staffer At Trump Building: Report
American Media Inc, the parent company of the National Enquirer, reportedly paid $30,000 to kill a rumor about President Donald Trump fathering a child with a female staffer at Trump World Tower.
Former Trump doorman Dino Sajudin was paid the $30,000 about eight months before American Media Inc paid $150,000 to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly had a sexual affair with Trump, notes The Associated Press.
In both instances, American Media Inc bought the exclusive rights to their stories, but refused to publish the stories in a practice that is known as “catch and kill.”
American Media Inc ‘s publisher is David Pecker who is a good friend of Trump.
Dylan Howard, the National Enquirer’s top editor, told RadarOnline (also owned by American Media Inc) that he paid the former Trump doorman because the rumor, if true, would have sold “hundreds of thousands” of magazines.
Howard claimed the rumor “lacked any credibility” so he killed the story.
However, four longtime National Enquirer staffers told The Associated Press that they were ordered by editors to stop pursuing the story and not to use standard National Enquirer reporting tactics, such as stake-outs.
Jerry George, a reporter and senior editor for nearly three decades at American Media Inc before his layoff in 2013, also contradicted Howard’s claim:
[American Media Inc] doesn’t go around cutting checks for $30,000 and then not using the information.