Did National Enquirer Pay Off Doorman to Stay Silent About Allegations That Trump Had A Love Child?
The doorman, Dino Sajudin, was allegedly paid $30,000 in exchange for story that Trump had a secret love child.
A doorman who worked at one of Donald Trump’s New York City buildings was reportedly paid hush money to stay silent about allegations that the president has a secret love child.
Major news outlets are running with the story after the New Yorker broke the news.
“The National Enquirer, a Trump Rumor, and Another Secret Payment to Buy Silence," screamed a headline in the magazine.
"$30,000 Rumor? Tabloid Paid For, Spiked, Salacious Trump Tip," The Associated Press said.
The National Enquirer paid the doorman, Dino Sajudin, $30,000 for his story but never published it, according to reports.
The new allegations have left investigators wondering whether there were secret deals being made outside the campaign to protect Donald Trump.
Sajudin was stationed at Trump World Tower, located near the United Nations headquarters in New York City. In the early stages of the 2016 election, he reportedly called the National Enquirer tip line with a juicy story. He claimed that he had heard that Trump had had a relationship with a woman who once worked there and that the real estate mogul may have fathered a love child.
Sajudin claimed the affair happened in 1989.
At the time, Trump's marriage to first wife, Ivana, was breaking up and he was dating Marla Maples.
Trump's alleged love child is described as "a gorgeous 29-year-old medical graduate who is currently living in California and works for a genetics testing company."
She has not returned Inside Edition's calls for comment.
Her mom lives in a modest neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. When reached by The Associated Press, she said, "This is all fake."
The New Yorker cited a source close to the White House insisting that Trump "did not have an affair. This is a totally false accusation."
Ronan Farrow, who reported the story for the New Yorker, told CNN Thursday, "We didn't uncover any evidence that this was real."
On Thursday afternoon, Sajudin released a statement about the story.
“Today I awoke to learn that a confidential agreement that I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Trump was leaked to the press. I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child."
This is the second time the National Enquirer has been accused of paying big bucks to squash a negative story about Trump. It is a tactic known as "catch and kill.”
They tabloid paid former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal $150,000 for the story of her alleged affair with Trump, but never published it.
The Enquirer maintains it didn't report the doorman's story because it "lacked any credibility."
Farrow questions that statement.
"This is about the most powerful people in the country having the ability to silence and change the news narrative at will," Farrow told CNN. "I think the public should know that."
Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who had dinner with the president Monday, spoke to Inside Edition about the legal counsel he would offer Trump.
“My advice: Ignore all this, continue to govern, leave it to your lawyers," he said. "Don't tweet, don't pardon [and] don't testify if you don't have to."
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