A former Trump Tower doorman was reportedly paid $30,000 in late 2015 for his signing over the rights to a story about an unsubstantiated rumor that President Donald Trump fathered a child with a former employee, multiple outlets reported.
The doorman, Dino Sajudin, released a statement Thursday confirming that he had an agreement with tabloid publisher American American Media Inc. regarding 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.
Sajudin's law firm, Held & Hines, later told NBC News that Sajudin's lawyers sent the statement, and that he has not released the information that is being leaked to news outlets.
On Wednesday, Radar Online, a sister publication of the Enquirer, revealed that Sajudin, was given the money for the rights to his story in late 2015, as Trump was running for president. However, Sajudin's account was not published by American Media, the owner of both Radar and the Enquirer, until Wednesday, long after Trump became president.
Sajudin's deal is at least the second case in which AMI is known to have paid for rights to a story about an extramarital affair about Trump that it did not publish.
In March, former Playboy model Karen McDougal who says she had an affair with Trump, sued AMI seeking to void her own alleged $150,000 exclusivity deal.
Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election for what she has said was her silence about an affair with Trump a decade earlier.
The New Yorker magazine and the Associated Press had reported earlier Thursday that the woman that Sajudin referred to was an employee at Trump World Tower, located near the United Nations building in Manhattan.