The company that owns the National Enquirer, a backer of Donald Trump, agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with the Republican presidential nominee, but then didn’t publish it, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter.
The tabloid-newspaper publisher reached an agreement in early August with Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year. American Media Inc., which owns the Enquirer, hasn’t published anything about what she has told friends was a consensual romantic relationship she had with Mr. Trump in 2006. At the time, Mr. Trump was married to his current wife, Melania.http://www.wsj.com/articles/national-enquirer-shielded-donald-trump-from-playboy-models-affair-allegation-1478309380
Are you suggesting the Wall Street Journal is a liberal newspaper? I know you won't answer, but I'll put this here anyway.
Only for the 10th time (that we know about).
American Media Inc., the company that owns the National Enquirer, paid $150,000 for a story of an alleged affair between Donald Trump and a former Playboy model a decade ago but never published it, a report from The Wall Street Journal revealed on Friday.
Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, cut a deal with the tabloid publisher in August, The Wall Street Journal reported. The report adds American Media refused to publish details about McDougal's alleged tryst with Trump — who was married to his wife Melania at the time — that began in 2006 and lasted until 2007.
The National Enquirer, which endorsed Trump for president, denied buying the story for $150,000 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," WSJ reported. "AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump," American Media told The Wall Street Journal.
In a statement, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks disputed the report, claiming the alleged affair was “totally untrue."