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Trump Tower of secrets: Doorman now free to discuss alleged Trump affair

Marc Held, attorney for the doorman Dino Sajudin, told CNN Friday that his client has been released from an agreement with AMI, parent company of National Enquirer that bought stories and articles that could potentially be damaging for Trump and never ran them.

world Updated: Aug 26, 2018 17:23 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
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Tower of secrets: A guard stands outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in New York City(AFP Photo)

A former doorman of Trump Tower, which is home and office to the US president and his family in New York, has said he has been released from a gag-deal that had prevented him from discussing claims of an alleged relationship Donald Trump had with s former employee that resulted in a child.

Marc Held, attorney for the doorman Dino Sajudin, told CNN Friday that his client has been released from an agreement with AMI, parent company of National Enquirer that bought stories and articles that could potentially be damaging for Trump and never ran them. But he didn’t say when.

“Just recently, AMI released Mr. Sajudin from the terms of his agreement and he is now able to speak about his personal experience with them, as well as his story, which is now known to be one of the 'catch and kill' pieces,” Held, told CNN. “Mr. Sajudin hopes the truth will come out in the very near future.”

The doorman claims to have knowledge of an affair Trump had with a former housekeeper that resulted in a child. Multiple publications had reported the claim and the payment of $30,000 by AMI to Sajudin in April. But there were no details then and the contract released by Sajudin has none either. “Source shall provide AMI with information regarding Donald Trump's illegitimate child…" it said only, according to a copy published by CNN. The “source” is Sajudin.

AMI’s owner David Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors in a case in which Michael Cohen, a former lawyer and fixer for Trump, has pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign funding law violations for hush money paid to two women for their silence about their claims of having had affairs with Trump years ago. Cohen has implicated Trump in this case saying these payments were made at his direction and in coordination with him.

The contract between AMI and the doorman appears to have been signed in November 2015 and stated that Sajudin was being paid $30,000 for his account to which the publication had exclusive rights in perpetuity. It set a penalty of $1 million for him for violating the contract.

“He's a blue-collar worker and a million dollars would have ruined him for life," Held told CNN about his client’s silence so far.

There was no word when Sajudin plans to speak out, and to whom.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 08:16 IST