Ex-Trump Tower Doorman Who Claims Knowledge of Trump Affair Released From Contract

At the end of a week that saw a guilty plea from President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and a guilty conviction for his former campaign manager, a former Trump Tower doorman released a “catch and kill” contract Friday night that he said had previously barred him from speaking about an alleged affair the president had with an ex-housekeeper that resulted in a child.  

The former doorman, Dino Sajudin, confirmed leaked reports to the press back in April that American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, paid him $30,000 to keep silent about a rumor he was told surrounding an affair Trump had with a former housekeeper that allegedly resulted in a child.

Sajudin’s attorney, Marc Held, provided Sajudin’s contract with AMI to CNN Friday night, saying that his client had been released from any legal obligations surrounding the arrangement.

Sajudin’s release from the contract came just one day after David Pecker, the owner of the National Inquirer and a longtime friend of Trump’s, was granted an immunity deal by federal prosecutors, apparently to discuss payments to women who Trump was accused of having affairs with. 

Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney and “fixer,” pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges stemming from payments to two women, in connection with American Media, that Cohen said were made at the direction of Trump to suppress their stories in order to influence the election.

The contract between Sajudin and AMI showed it was signed on November 15, 2015, and gave AMI exclusive rights to the story, legally preventing him from speaking about the matter. The only details mentioned about the story was that the "Source shall provide AMI with information regarding Donald Trump's illegitimate child…”

Originally stating Sajudin would only be paid $30,000 if the story was published, an amendment was later added that said AMI agreed to pay the $30,000 whether or not the story was published. If Sajudin breached the contract, it states he would have been liable for a $1 million penalty to AMI.

The contract is known as a “catch and kill,” a method that requires a person to sell their story to a publication that is subsequently buried by the organization. 

Prosecutors outlined how Cohen had worked with Pecker and AMI to arrange various catch and kill agreements with women to protect information from being released that could be hurtful to then-candidate Trump.

Pecker allegedly kept a safe containing various damaging documents about Trump that the publication killed leading up to the 2016 presidential election, according to The Associated Press. 

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