A former doorman at one of President Trump’s buildings said in a statement Thursday that he wasn’t allowed to criticize a former housekeeper at the property because she had a child with Trump.
Dino Sajudin made the unverified claim in a statement after The Associated Press reported that the parent company of the National Enquirer had paid him for a rumor about Trump having an affair with the employee, but had spiked 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,” Sajudin said in the statement Thursday.
“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.”
The Hill reports,
The AP reported that American Media Inc. (AMI) had given Sajudin $30,000 in exchange to the rights “in perpetuity” for a rumor the former doorman had heard.
Sajudin would have been subject to a $1 million penalty if he publicly discussed the rumor or the agreement, according to the AP.
Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, told the news service that he did not know about the payment but that he had discussed the rumor with the Enquirer.
The Enquirer reportedly determined that Sajudin’s story wasn’t true and released him from the contract after the 2016 presidential election.
Sajudin also told the Daily News that the sudden media attention was “a bit much.”
Sajudin’s ex-wife of 14 years says he is “a pathological liar.”
New York Daily News reports:
“He’s infamous for making up stories,” Nikki Benfatto said of her former husband Dino Sajudin.
“He’s seen the chupacabra. He’s seen bigfoot. One of our friends who passed away, he saw him too, walking down the street.”
Sajudin is at the center of explosive new reports detailing a $30,000 payment from the National Enquirer to silence a rumor that Trump fathered a child with an employee at Trump World Tower in Midtown.
Sajudin reportedly approached the Trump-friendly supermarket tabloid in 2015 saying he heard about the love child from staffers.