Report: ‘National Enquirer’ Paid $1M to Get Dirt on Trump

A new ‘Wall Street Journal’ report reveals the publication’s plans to publish the story never materialized.

American Media, Inc., the company that owns pro-Donald Trump publication National Enquirer, made arrangements in August to pay Playboy model Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, $150,000 for a story about an alleged affair she had with Trump back in 2006, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. At the time, Trump was married to his current wife, Melania Trump.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal that was made a few months prior never materialized, due to American Media’s refusal to publish details of the supposed consensual romance McDougal shared with the Republican presidential nominee.

The company released a statement that explained, “AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump.” WSJ reports that American Media denied paying $150,000 for a particular story, but rather, “two years worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers, as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a then-married man.”

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