The former publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc. (AMI), tried to help Donald Trump bury allegations he raped a teenager in 1994, as claimed by Ronan Farrow in his book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, according to Newsweek.
AMI CEO David Pecker allegedly was in close contact with Trump when the rape allegations first surfaced in a 2016 lawsuit, but Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, was assured by then-National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard “that they would track down the woman with the rape allegation and see what they could do about her.”
Although an AMI spokesperson told Newsweek that Farrow’s claims are “completely untrue,” last December, AMI admitted that in 2016 it made a $150,000 payment “in concert” with Trump’s election campaign to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The publisher paid McDougal hush money “in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
One of the allegations claimed that Trump raped a woman when she was 13 years old in 1994.
“Jane Doe” said that she had been raped by Trump during a party hosted by the now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at his New York City apartment.
“I understood that Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew that I was 13 years old,” Jane Doe wrote in an affidavit.
Howard, now chief content officer at AMI, used his influence to convince the attorney representing Jane Doe, Lisa Bloom, to drop her client.
“After we received numerous death threats and my law firm’s website and emails were hacked, she did not want to go forward,” Bloom said.
“I represented Ms. Doe for free and there was never any discussion of money or settlement as I strongly believed her allegations should be made public given that Donald Trump was running for president at that time,” Bloom added.
Jane Doe has not been heard from since her case was dismissed.