Former doorman was paid $30K to keep quiet over Trump rumor

Clay Curtis
April 13, 2018

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 USA $150,000 to shut up about her alleged affair with Trump.

The Associated Press confirmed the details of the Enquirer's payment through a review of a confidential contract and interviews with dozens of current and former employees of the Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc.

In 2014, a Web site registered through a service that obscures the identity of the author claimed that Sajudin had made similar accusations against a Trump Tower resident named Lawrence Penn III, and that those accusations were false. Although Cohen claims he had no part in the payment negotiations, the attorney was reportedly told of McDougal's intent to share her story; her lawyer at the time, Keith Davidson, also kept Cohen apprised of the negotiation process throughout.

The woman who served as the subject of Sajudin's story denied it to reporters at the New York Post.

Both women said they had consensual relationships with Trump long before he was elected president.

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.

After hearing about the New Yorker's story on Sajudin, Radar Online, a sister publication to the Enquirer, published a story Wednesday saying editors at the Enquirer believed Sajudin's story was not true. "Fortunately, the First Amendment does not play politics", Howard said. Trump was still dealing with the fallout of adult film star Stormy Daniels claim of a sexual tryst with the future president in 2006 and the $130,000 Trump's attorney paid to her in October 2016.

The methods AMI uses to hide headline-worthy stories should cause anyone thinking about reading their publications to reconsider their go-to choices to get real news.

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This is the second time the National Enquirer has been accused of paying big bucks to squash a negative story about Trump.

Several media outlets are buzzing that the infamous tabloid The National Enquirer received a valuable rumor during the 2016 Presidential Election then paid $30,000 to not let it out. The payment and agreement with Sajudin were reportedly made in November 2015, as Trump stormed the campaign trail and headed toward the White House.

In the tabloid world purchasing information is not uncommon.

Sajudin's non-disclosure agreement noted that if he ever went public with the information or with information regarding the NDA, he would be required to pay a $1 million penalty. It is a tactic known as "catch and kill".

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.

Sajudin said he heard the tale from employees and residents of Trump World Tower and passed a polygraph test, RadarOnline reported. Under his deal, he gave the Enquirer exclusive rights to the story.

"It seems like the writing is on the wall about that, it's pretty clear", Sajudin said.

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