Sajudin got $30,000 in exchange for signing over the rights, "in perpetuity", to a rumor he'd heard about Trump's sex life - that the president had fathered an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower, a skyscraper he owns near the United Nations.
The National Enquirer never ran the story, effectively keeping the rumor quiet.
According to several of Farrow's anonymous sources, A.M.I. appears to have worked hand in hand with Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, who was the subject of an F.B.I. raid earlier this week-a raid that was reportedly an attempt to discern whether Trump and Cohen misused campaign funds to pay off a series of people with stories to tell about the then-presidential hopeful.More news: WMO retires hurricane names Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate
"When we realized we would be unable to publish, and other media outlets approached the source about his tale, we released Sajudin from the exclusivity clause that had accompanied his $30,000 payment, freeing him to tell his story to whomever he wanted", Howard told Radar.
It is of course possible that Trump knew nothing - even in the abstract - of this pattern of payments.
During AP's reporting, AMI threatened legal action over reporters' efforts to interview current and former employees and hired the NY law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, which challenged the accuracy of the AP's reporting.
It turns out that President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen wasn't the only person apparently doling out hush money to keep embarrassing stories about his client out of the press. "Unfortunately. Dino Sajudin is one fish that swam away", Howard told RadarOnline.
"I don't understand what they had to pay this guy for", he said.More news: Kardashian sisters boasted forms in bikini
The tabloid made its first-ever endorsement by officially backing Trump for president.
The purchase appears to be the same kind of "catch and kill" practice that AMI is believed to have practiced when the media company paid former Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 for her account of an alleged 10-month affair with Trump beginning in 2006, only to shelve the story ahead of the 2016 election.
"The behavior is so extreme and so weird", she said.
Sajudin's deal included a $1 million fine for speaking out. A spokesperson for the Trump Organization denied the allegations, including the assertion that Calamari told Sajudin the story. The media company later said it paid McDougal for a series of "fitness columns and magazine covers".
"If your intent is to get a story from the source, there's no upside to paying upfront", said George, who sometimes handled catch-and-kill contracts.More news: BoSox slam way to club-best 9-1 mark
The FBI on Monday, acting on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, raided Cohen's hotel room, office, and NY residence in search of documents related to both Daniels' and McDougal's payments. After a promise of $500, Sajudin took the polygraph test, and the administrator revealed that all his responses were truthful. Pressed for more details about his tip and experience with the paper, Sajudin said he would talk only in exchange for payment.