Written by Ronan Farrow, who broke news about alleged sexual assault committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the brand new Yorker story delves into the process of how National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. allegedly played “catch in addition to kill” with McDougal’s story. The reporting echoed a Wall Street Journal story by November, mere days before the election, which said AMI paid her for the story of the affair however didn’t publish of which.
AMI, both articles say, gave McDougal a $150,000 contract to write columns. The brand new Yorker says AMI has only published nine of almost 100 promised columns. After fees paid to three men involved inside deal, McDougal only ended up with $82,500, according to the story.
The alleged affair, according to the brand new Yorker, was consensual in addition to began while Trump was married to his third wife, Melania, who is actually the first lady. Donald in addition to Melania Trump’s son, Barron, was a few months old at the time. The magazine said the description of the affair comes by an eight-page, handwritten chronicle of which McDougal had written in addition to shared which has a friend.
A representative for AMI was not immediately available to respond to CNBC’s request for comment. A White House spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White House did give the brand new Yorker the following statement: “This kind of is actually an old story of which is actually just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”