Two new reports claim that a former Trump building doorman was paid $30,000 for a story relaying rumors that President Donald Trump had fathered a child out of wedlock with an employee in the late ’80s.
On Thursday, both The New Yorker and the Associated Press published reports claiming that National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. (AMI) paid Dino Sajudin, the former Trump doorman, $30,000 to own the exclusive rights to Sajudin’s story, with a $1 million penalty if he told anyone else about it or the contract. The reports go on to say that AMI killed the story after deciding the rumors were not true.
This was in November 2015, five months after Trump launched his presidential campaign, The New Yorker reported.
The New Yorker and the AP have not been able to verify Sajudin’s claims. The unidentified women Sajudin named to The New Yorker as Trump’s alleged mistress told the AP last August that she never had an affair with the president. The New Yorker recently spoke with her husband, who called Sajudin’s allegations “completely false and ridiculous.”
Sajudin confirmed in a tweet this afternoon 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.”
The White House did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, but denied to The New Yorker both the love child allegations and Sajudin’s claim that Trump’s head of security, Matthew Calamari, told Sajudin the rumors. The magazine quoted a source close to the White House as saying that Trump “did not have an affair. This is a totally false accusation.” Several AMI sources also told The New Yorker that they doubted the truth of the rumor.
PEOPLE was not able to reach Sajudin.
Sajudin’s story was potentially a big one. He told AMI he’d heard a rumor from Calamari that Trump had secretly fathered a child with an employee at Trump World Tower in New York City, the Associated Press reported.
Sajudin also gave AMI the names of the alleged mistress and child and passed a lie-detector test during which he stated that Calamari had told him the rumor, The New Yorker reported.