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The National Enquirer's parent company paid out $30,000 to a former doorman at one of President's Trump's NY properties at the height of the Republican presidential primary campaign, in order to prevent him from speaking out about a rumor he'd heard regarding Trump's sex life, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
The National Enquirer paid the doorman of a Trump property in NY $30,000 to bottle up a story alleging Donald Trump had an illegitimate child with a female employee, a report said Thursday.
Dino Sajudin allegedly took $30,000 in exchange for the rights to a rumor about Donald Trump. "I think the public should know that".
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.
In a practice called "catch and kill", the publication bought the exclusive rights to Sajudin's story and then buried it as a favor to Trump, the reports said.
"He always had something to say about people", she said.
Donald Trump's attorney and personal "fix-it guy" Michael Cohen.
AMI CEO David Pecker is close friends with Trump and the Enquirer endorsed him for president during the 2016 election.
Dylan Howard, the Enquirer's editor-in-chief and an executive at American Media, acknowledged previous year paying Sajudin but said the story ultimately was spiked because it "lacked any credibility", the AP reported.
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Its editor Dylan Howard said: 'Unfortunately... "The fact that no other news organization has subsequently been able to validate the story after AMI released the subject from his exclusivity clause confirms the basis for our editorial decision".
The report also added the Enquirer spent four weeks investigating the authenticity of the story, before determining the tip did not lead anywhere and ultimately buried it.
Sources told ABC News that, according to the warrant, which mentioned Trump by name, investigators also sought records related to an AMI payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed she had a 10-month affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007, as well as details about Cohen's interactions with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006. As a result, the AP did not name her in the story Thursday about the payment.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.